Flyweight Fighter Manel Kape Gives His Thought on Moreno vs Figueiredo 3

Published 12/27/2021, 1:00 PM EST


In a recent interview with MMAJunkie, UFC Flyweight competitor Manel Kape shared his views on Brandon Moreno’s trilogy bout with Deiveson Figueiredo.

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Brandon Moreno will face Deiveson Figueiredo at the highly anticipated UFC 270 event. The fight will be held on January 22nd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. This is the third time the pair will compete against each other. The first fight between them was at UFC 256, while the second was at UFC 263.

Talking about their 3rd fight, Kape said,” Moreno improved a lot along these years. He looked sharp. I believe Figueiredo is my favorite because of the power. I believe Moreno feels it a lot when he fights someone with more power than him. But if the fight goes through three rounds, Moreno is going to win–(Rounds) 4 or 5–Moreno is going to win because Figueiredo won’t have any stamina.”

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Moreno is currently the UFC Flyweight Champion and is arguably the best fighter at 125 pounds. The fighter got the better of Deiveson Figueiredo the last time they fought and he seemed to be more skilled than the Brazilian. His current professional record stands at 19 wins and 5 losses.

Deiveson Figueiredo is also an amazing fighter. He boats tremendous skill and his Jiu-Jitsu is better than most in the division. Figueiredo’s current professional record stands at 20 wins and 2 losses.

What’s next for Manel Kape?

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While Kape gave his prediction for the Flyweight title fight, he himself will be looking to challenge for the title soon. According to his recent interview with MMA Junkie, Manel Kape believes he is two fights away from a title fight. But he is very realistic about his approach towards it.

He said, “If these are good (fights), like my fights before, I’m probably going to have an opportunity. I won’t say I want to be a backup (for the next title fight). I want to have two more fights and go forward from that.” 

HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 07: Manel Kape of Angola reacts after defeating Ode’ Osbourne in their flyweight bout during the UFC 265 event at Toyota Center on August 07, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Kape was a Bantamweight Champion at Knock Out Championship and at the Rizin Fighting Federation. The fighter has had four fights in the UFC out of which he has lost 2 and won 2.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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