Jimmie Rivera vs. Pedro Munhoz Rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 186 on Feb. 27

By: Tristen Critchfield
Feb 16, 2021

The UFC is hoping the third time will be the charm for Jimmie Rivera and Pedro Munhoz.

The promotion has rescheduled the bantamweight clash for UFC Fight Night 186 on Feb. 27 after two previous cancellations. Munhoz and Rivera were initially slated to meet at UFC on ESPN 20 on Jan. 20 before being relocated to UFC 258 on Feb. 13 for undisclosed reasons. However, that second booking fell through due to a positive COVID-19 test related to the bout. MMAjunkie.com confirmed the new date after it was initially mentioned by MMAFighting.com.

UFC Fight Night 186 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight duel between Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Ciryl Gane. The card is expected to stream in its entirety on ESPN+.

Rivera and Munhoz initially squared off more than five years ago at UFC Fight Night 77, with Rivera claiming a split-decision triumph. That was part of a 20-bout professional winning streak for Rivera, who is just 2-3 in the Octagon since 2018. Most recently, “El Terror” snapped a two-bout skid with a three-roud verdict against Cody Stamann at UFC on ESPN 13 on July 15.

Munhoz, meanwhile, is coming off a narrow split-decision defeat to Frankie Edgar at UFC on ESPN 15. Prior to that, “The Young Punisher” had a three-bout winning streak snapped in a decision loss to current No. 1 contender Aljamain Sterling at UFC 238.

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