Under the Radar at UFC 235: Pedro Munhoz

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHe has looked terrific as of late and has the potential to cause further chaos in the bantamweight division by handing Garbrandt a third consecutive loss this weekend in Las Vegas.Don’t sleep on Pedro Munhoz; he’s a real player in the 135-pound ranks. Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn’t getting enough attention as they head into battle.Name: Pedro Munhoz Record: 17-3 (1 NC) overall; 7-3 (1 NC) UFCDivision: BantamweightTeam: American Top TeamPedro Munhoz just hasn’t been able to put together the right wins at the right time in order to propel himself into the thick of the title chase in the bantamweight division, but that doesn’t mean the 32-year-old “Young Punisher” shouldn’t be viewed as a viable threat in the division.While Munhoz has earned some quality wins inside the Octagon, including first-round finishes of Rob Font and Bryan Caraway, it’s his trio of losses that really illustrate where he fits in the bantamweight hierarchy and why he is someone people should be paying closer attention to heading into UFC 235 this weekend in Las Vegas.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAfter racking up 10 consecutive victories to start his career, including winning and defending the RFA bantamweight title, Munhoz debuted in the Octagon on short notice and went the distance in a losing effort against Raphael Assuncao, who was fresh off his split-decision win over TJ Dillashaw and 5-0 in the division at the time.His two other losses both came by split decision — one to Jimmie Rivera a little over three years ago and most recently to John Dodson last March. Both fights were closely contested and no one would have batted an eye if the split fell in Munhoz’s favor in either instance.He’s one round on one scorecard away from entering this weekend’s matchup with former champ Cody Garbrandt on a seven-fight winning streak — and two rounds on two cards away from being unbeaten in his last 10 — and yet very few people seem to view the Brazilian finisher as a real threat in the 135-pound ranks.And that’s a mistake.While some will look at those three losses to top contenders and categorize Munhoz as a talented guy, who isn’t quite good enough to beat the best the division has to offer, I look at him as a tough matchup for just about anyone and someone whose skills and abilities are far greater than his results would indicate.It’s the case I make whenever James Vick fights and talks about how guys aren’t on his level and cites his nine wins — quality matters more than quantity, so while Vick and others have shinier records, give me a guy like Munhoz (or Paul Felder last week against Vick) who might have caught a couple of losses along the way, but has been in there with and proven himself against significantly greater competition.Which is why I think he’s being overlooked heading into this fight with Garbrandt on Saturday.In terms of style and demeanor, Munhoz is the exact opposite type of guy I would want to come back against if I’m the former champion because he’s never been finished, has no problem getting into a firefight if that’s what you’re looking for and has an arsenal of weapons he can finish you with if you get loose and make a mistake … which is precisely what Garbrandt has done in each of his last two fights.While he carries a reputation for being “a submission guy,” Munhoz has much better boxing and power in his hands than he’s often given credit for and his submission wins often come as a result of his landing big shots that put opponents down or turn them into panic wrestlers. If he gets you in that position, Munhoz has shown he’s adept at finishing, either by following up with strikes or clamping on his signature guillotine choke, which he can secure in a flash.The most interesting wrinkle in this fight — at least to me — is how the Brazilian will hold up if Garbrandt is able to land big shots on the feet. Thus far, Munhoz has proven to be ultra-durable, but “No Love” sits down on his punches and carries more power than just about anyone in the division, so if he lands clean, Munhoz’s chin will be put to the test.This is the fight I’m looking forward to the most on Saturday night because it’s such an intriguing clash of styles and Munhoz feels like such a criminally underrated talent heading into a winnable fight against a former champion.last_img read more

What TV channel is Germany vs. USA on? Schedule, time for World Juniors 2020 game

first_imgHow to watch Germany vs. United StatesTV channel (U.S.): NHL NetworkTV channel (Canada): TSN 1/3/4Live stream (Canada): TSN LiveIn the United States, Stephen Nelson will provide the play-by-play on NHL Network and will be joined by analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jill Savage.Germany vs. United States: When is puck drop?Date: Friday, Dec. 27Time: 1 p.m. ETWORLD JUNIORS: Team-by-team guide  | 20 players to watch  | Five storylinesFull World Junior Championship scheduleFRIDAY, DEC. 27Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan9 a.m.TSN, NHLNGermany vs. United States1 p.m.TSN 1/3/4, NHLNSATURDAY, DEC. 28Finland vs. Slovakia9 a.m.TSN 1/3, NHLNCzech Republic vs. Germany9 a.m.TSN 4/5Switzerland vs. Sweden1 p.m.TSN3Russia vs. Canada1 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNSUNDAY, DEC. 29Kazakhstan vs. Finland9 a.m.TSN 3/4/5, NHLNUnited States vs. Russia1 p.m.TSN 4/5, NHLNMONDAY, DEC. 30Kazakhstan vs. Sweden9 a.m.TSN3Germany vs. Canada9 a.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNSlovakia vs. Switzerland1 p.m.TSN 1/3United States vs. Czech Republic1 p.m.TSN 4/5, NHLNTUESDAY, DEC. 31Sweden vs. Slovakia9 a.m.TSN 1/3, NHLNRussia vs. Germany9 a.m.TSN 4/5Finland vs. Switzerland1 p.m.TSN3Canada vs. Czech Republic1 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNTHURSDAY, JAN. 2Quarterfinal6:30 a.m.TSN, NHLNQuarterfinal9 a.m.TSN, NHLNQuarterfinal11:30 a.m.TSN, NHLNQuarterfinal2 p.m.TSN, NHLNSATURDAY, JAN. 4Semifinal9 a.m.TSN, NHLNSemifinal1 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNSUNDAY, JAN. 5Bronze-medal game9 a.m.TSN, NHLNGold-medal game1 p.m.TSN, NHLN(All times Eastern) United States stars K’Andre Miller, Cole Caulfield, Shane Pinto and Spencer Knight could not hold on for a win against Canada in Thursday’s 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. Despite the 6-4 loss in the opening game, the Americans played a high-intensity, skilled game against the Canadians that also showcased a top-notch power play.Fortunately for American head coach Scott Sandelin and his team, that was just the first of four Group B games; they will have another chance for a win on Friday against Germany. WJC:   Team USA’s complete schedule, results  | Live scores, tv schedule for FridayThe Germans haven’t featured in this tournament since 2015 when they were relegated to Division 1A, but the country played its way back this year after winning the 1A World Junior Championship last December. Germany’s team is headlined by Detroit Red Wings prospect Moritz Seider and the Carolina Hurricanes’ Dominik Bokk, as well as 2020 NHL draft prospect Tim Stutzle.It’s not going to be an easy task for the Germans to take down the Americans, though: even after a first-game loss to Canada, the United States is still expected to finish at the top at the tournament. However, if there is one thing the world juniors shows fans every year, it’s to always expect the unexpected.Here is how to watch the United States and Germany at Ostravar Arena in the Czech Republic on Friday:last_img read more