Chris Gutierrez fights Pedro Munhoz at UFC Kansas City on April 15 as he aims to climb up a very competitive bantamweight division. This 135-pound fight will happen early on the main card, as the T-Mobile Center crowd readies itself for the main event between Max Holloway and Arnold Allen.
The prelim fights begin at 5:30 p.m. ET, while the main card, which features a co-main between Edson Barboza and Billy Quarantillo, starts at 9:30 p.m.
Gutierrez is a steady -200 favorite over Munhoz.
Chris Gutierrez vs Pedro Munhoz Betting Odds
Odds as of April 14
Using our odds calculator, Gutierrez’s -200 chalk status equates to a 66.67 percent implied chance of victory, meaning a $10 bet on him would pay out $15. At +170, Munhoz has a 37.04 percent implied chance and a $10 bet pays out $27.
Gutierrez vs Munhoz Preview: Who Will Win?
This is an interesting bout between two bantamweights who are looking to make a big leap at 135 pounds.
How Gutierrez Wins
“El Guapo” has won seven of his last eight fights (one draw) and has never looked better. In his last fight at UFC 281, Gutierrez uncorked a blistering knee on Frankie Edgar, spoiling the vet’s retirement bout with a knockout that sent him on a one-way train to the land of wind and ghosts. That brutal knee showed just how great Gutierrez can be when it all comes together.
CHRIS GUTIERREZ KNOCKS OUT FRANKIE EDGAR pic.twitter.com/bvLIKf3tIS— FULL SEND (@fullsend) November 13, 2022
He’s not typically the most violent fighter. Gutierrez is at his best when he stays shifty and rolls with punches. He’s very fast — definitely faster than Munhoz — and will fight best at range until the Brazilian presses him. Once that happens, don’t take your eyes off the TV screen.
How Munhoz Wins
While Gutierrez is a finesse fighter, Munhoz is a brawler — and the grittier this fight gets, the better it is for “The Young Punisher.” The 36-year-old has an iron chin, and he knows that. Munhoz has never been finished in pro MMA, so toughness isn’t a question on his part. He has power (3 KOs) and an underrated ground game (3 SUBs), though I’m concerned Gutierrez could outclass him in both departments.
Munhoz’s last bout was an anticlimactic no-decision via eye poke vs Sean O’Malley. In that fight, the longer, quicker O’Malley built up slowly and looked ready to pounce. I see Gutierrez building up and zigzagging his way through Munhoz on Saturday.
Gutierrez vs Munhoz Pick
With speed on his side, I see Gutierrez eking out a decision victory. This could easily be tight on the judges’ scorecards, so I’d double down on this fight to go the distance.