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10. Pedro Munhoz
The Young Punisher
Redondo Beach, California
Originally training with Sao Paulo's Gibi Thay and Barbosa Jiu Jitsu, Munhoz is now based out of Redondo Beach, California's Arriva-Machado MMA Academy under head instructor Ricardo Arrivabene. As a no-gi specialist with extensive tournament experience, Munhoz naturally excels at top control, submissions and ground defense, but he also compliments his grappling base with high hands, good takedown defense and a sound double forearm guard. Since his standup offense is still a work in progress, he uses his sharp defense to anticipate and deflect attacks, then counter with takedowns. Pedro has mostly relied on this strategy to wear his opponents down for submissions in later rounds.
Now 3-0 in fights on American soil, Pedro Munhoz has carved out a niche on the California circuit as the reigning Respect in the Cage bantamweight champion. He was slated to fight The Ultimate Fighter 14's Johnny Bedford (18-9-1) in May, but the fight was scratched upon Bedford being confirmed as part of the reality competition's cast.
9. Leandro Hygo
Despite fighting physically larger competition for most of his career, Hygo has been tough to beat, winning his first six professional bouts, most at 145 lbs., before running into 2011 World MMA featherweight prospect Marcos Vinicius (7-2) last May. After over a year away from the ring following the defeat, the now 22-year-old returned in September at bantamweight, defeating Wagner Campos (11-3) by decision at WFE 10 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Over this past weekend, Hygo entered the WFE cage once again, this time at WFE 11, to battle Erinaldo 'Pitbull' dos Santos Rodrigues. As expected, Hygo bested the Gracie Fusion fighter over three rounds to win by unanimous decision.
Surprisingly, Hygo has achieved all of his success as a part-time fighter with little assistance. The Mossoró, Brazil-based fighter lives in a region of Brazil that lacks the high-level striking coaches he could find in other parts of the country, and his job and family tie him to the area for training. With the help of highly-touted prospect Rony 'Jason' Mariano (10-3) and Team One Jiu-Jitsu, however, Hygo has progressed to where he stands today. An impressive feat considering the lack of resources.