‘Flyweight’s on Fire’- Alexandre Pantoja Wants the Best Fight After UFC Fight Night 184 Win

Published 02/07/2021, 4:30 AM EST


UFC flyweight, Alexandre Pantoja, claimed a unanimous decision win over company debutant, Manel Kape, after a solid display. The former RIZIN FF fighter, Kape, will certainly need a bit more time to get accustomed to his new organization. At 27, he is yet to showcase his best version to the fans, but he can’t take too much time in the world’s premier MMA organization too.

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Pantoja on the other hand entered his 10th UFC fight. His vast experience inside the Octagon was visible from the start of the contest. After the fight, he called his shots on the higher-ranked guys as the perennial contender believes he can beat anybody on the roster.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 19: (L-R) Alexandre Pantoja of Brazil punches Askar Askarov of Russia in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 19, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

I know Manuel is a really good fighter, you know, but he needs to know UFC high-level sport, you know, some more high-level guys here, bro. And when I see the cage in the first round I see is really nervous You know, he fights with the best guys from the division, and I know he is good guy is gonna make very good fights in UFC, but with me, if you don’t have a chance,said Pantoja.

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I come to UFC to show all the guys I can strike and I can make jiu-jitsu. I need more fights, bro. I want more fights. I need to prove all the time. I need our fighter all the best guys in front division. You know flyweights on fire bro flyweights on fire,” he added.

Alexandre Pantoja can certainly be a top contender in the flyweight division

Pantoja’s 3 defeats inside the Octagon have come against top contenders like Askar Askarov, Dustin Ortiz, and current champion Deiveson Figueiredo. He has wins over names like Wilson Reis and recent title challenger Brandon Moreno. Since joining the UFC in 2017, ‘The Cannibal’ has made more than a name for himself.

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He is a versatile fighter who can hold his own on the ground and in the striking department as well. Out of his 23 professional wins, 8 have come by KO/TKO and 8 by submission. So, he is a threat in the division.

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What did you make of Pantoja’s performance against Manel Kape? Who should he fight next?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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