Luis Pena gets back into the win column after defeating Alexander Munoz at UFC Vegas 24.
The difference-maker was Pena connecting on 90 significant strikes throughout the whole match and doing some real damage on Munoz. He also stuffed five out of nine takedowns.
In the first round, Munoz took Pena down twice with a control time of 1:30. This would play a big factor in the fight as it helped Alexander on the scorecards with all three judges give him the round.
Pena would bounce back in the second and third rounds with some impressive striking on the feet, applying the pressure. He landed fewer shots than Munoz in the second round, making it a very controversial round as two judges give Pena the round. It was until the third round where Pena would perform his best and solidify his victory, landing 50 percent of his significant strikes in that round.
Luis Pena believes he broke his hand in the second round
“I’m pretty sure I broke it in the second round. I remember stinging him with it and I was like oh that is not good,” he told the media following the fight.
During the second round, he threw a strike with his left hand that seemed to of broken his hand. He would continue the fight and it did not seem to bother him nor his performance as he would go on to outright win the third round.
Pena would go on to talk about the toughness of Alexander Munoz.
“I was pretty content with how it played out and I knew if I hurt him it was going to be a challenge to take him out because he is a tough dude.”
He trains down in South Florida with one of the best gyms in the country, American Top Team. After his 10-month layoff, he explains what has helped him come back. “The growth that I’ve been able to take in the last ten months, especially under the guys like Dustin Poirier and Jorge Masvidal, I really feel like I was able to pick their brains and get the rub off of them.”
Pena ends with that he is hopeful that he can compete one more time this year and keep climbing into the top 15 in the lightweight division.
UFC Vegas 24 took place on Saturday, April 17, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided, who is on-site, for all your live news and highlights.