Frankie Edgar was victorious in his bantamweight debut, winning a contested split decision over perennial contender Pedro Munoz at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
While it shouldn’t be considered a robbery, since it was a highly competitive fight, the decision came as somewhat of a surprise.
Two judges scored the fight 48-47 (three rounds to two) for Edgar while the other scored it 49-46 (four rounds to one) for Munhoz.
Out of 23 media members who scored the fight on MMA Decisions, 19 had Munhoz winning the fight.
The headliners earned a Fight of the Night bonus.
Edgar, 38, is a former lightweight champion and three-time featherweight title challenger. He’s now ranked as the No. 5 contender at 135 pounds, bumping Munoz down one spot to No. 6.
Munhoz posted on his Instagram page that didn’t agree with the decision and asked UFC president Dana White for an immediate rematch.
“I’ve always done my talking in the octagon but this needs to be said. I work too hard to get screwed by poor judges who have no training and even less accountability,” Munhoz wrote. “Look at the stats and the damage. Look at the media sites who agreed I won, 7 of which had it 49-46. Tell me how the deciding judge gave round 3 to Frankie. He’s a legend, but I won that fight and want a rematch now @danawhite.”
Here are the complete results from the card.
— Frankie Edgar def. Pedro Munhoz by split decision
— Mike Rodriguez def. Marcin Prachnio by knockout
— Joe Solecki def. Austin Hubbard by submission (rear-naked choke)
— Shana Dobson def. Mariya Agapova by TKO
— Daniel Rodriguez def. Dwight Grant by knockout
— Amanda Lemos def. Mizuki Inoue by unanimous decision
— Jordan Wright def. Ike Villanueva by TKO (doctor stoppage)
— Matthew Semelsberger def. Carlton Minus by unanimous decision
— Trevin Jones def. Timur Valiev by TKO