Brandon Moreno put on another impressive display when facing Kai Kara-France for the Interim UFC flyweight title at UFC 277, however, Alexandre Pantoja also caught fan’s attention. The Mexican will likely be touted to face Deiveson Figueiredo in his next bout, given the usual way Interim title fights go in the UFC.
However, given Pantoja’s new ranking within the UFC flyweight division, could the rising star be next to face Moreno? Currently sitting in the #2 spot in the 125lbs rankings, Pantoja will likely have to wait for Moreno vs. Figueiredo 4, but what if that bout doesn’t happen?
There are serious questions being raised about Figueiredo’s future in the 125lbs, which, if true, would open the door for Pantoja to get a shot at the title. “The Cannibal” looked amazing against Alex Perez and recently beat top contenders Brandon Royval and Manel Kape. The last time the Brazilian lost a bout was in 2020, losing to Askar Askarov via decision.
Alexandre Pantoja has won his last two bouts via submission and neither of the fights have gone past the second round. Pantjoga steamrolled Alex Perez, which really sent a message within the UFC, given that Perez is currently ranked #6 in the 125lbs division.
Obviously, Moreno is most likely going to need some time off after his impressive victory against Kai Kara-France, but with Figueiredo’s future at 125lbs still unsure, we could see an exciting title fight between the Mexican and “The Cannibal” in the near future.
It’ll also be interesting to see if Pantoja will agree to fight while waiting for his title shot, as losing now could cost him a number one contender spot in the division. Which would be a real shame given the hard work it’s taken the Brazilian to earn the #2 spot at 125lbs in the UFC.
Have Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja fought before?
Yes, to many UFC fans’ surprise, Brandon Moreno and Alexandre Pantoja have fought twice under MMA rules in the past. However, what’s even more shocking is the results, with Pantoja winning both of the meetings between the two fighters.
The flyweight’s first met in the Ultimate Fighter, which saw “The Cannibal” win via submission in round two. The other bout was at UFC Fight Night 128 and once again saw Pantoja win, this time via decision.
Watch highlights of Moreno vs. Pantoja at the Ultimate Fighter here: