The bantamweight contest between Ivan Menjivar (pictured above) and Wilson Reis at UFC 165 in Toronto was a slow bout, which brought out the boo-birds. The better grappling from Reis would carry the day, and earn him a well-deserved decision victory.
Menjivar, from El Salvador but fighting out of Montréal, Québec, had some success early in the bout. He appeared the quicker and more polished striker — landing some good leg kicks and a series of knees in the clinch in the first round. But repeated takedowns and ground control from Reis, a former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion at brown belt, would turn the tide.
Ries, of Philadelphia, PA but originally from São Paulo, Brazil, entered the cage a slight underdog, but left with his fifth straight MMA victory to improve his MMA record to 17-4. Menjivar, a staple in MMA (particularly in Canada) for more than a decade, falls to 25-10 with a second straight UFC loss.
At UFC 165, Wilson Reis defeated Ivan Menjivar by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).