- Anticipated Rematch: Alexandre Pantoja faces Brandon Royval at UFC 296.
- Manel Kape’s Insight: Predicts Pantoja’s victory due to consistency and technique.
- Kape’s Upcoming Fight: Aiming to avenge his previous loss in the flyweight division.
In the highly-anticipated UFC 296 co-headliner, flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja is set to face Brandon Royval once again, and Manel Kape is betting on Pantoja for the win.
Alexandre Pantoja’s Expected Edge Over Brandon Royval
The Alexandre Pantoja Brandon Royval rematch is set for Dec. 16 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, attracting significant attention in the MMA world. Pantoja, known for his consistent fighting style, previously secured a win against Royval with a second-round rear-naked choke in August 2021. Kape, who experienced a debut loss against Pantoja, attributes Pantoja’s success to his consistent and technical approach, in contrast to Royval’s more unorthodox style.
Kape’s Perspective on Royval’s Fighting Technique
Speaking on the “Believe You Me” podcast, Kape expressed his preference for a more predictable and technical opponent. “Pantoja, definitely,” Kape said, emphasizing Pantoja’s skill and consistency compared to Royval’s unpredictable nature. Kape’s observation of Royval’s less technical, wild fighting style leads him to believe that it will be a disadvantage against Pantoja in their rematch.
Manel Kape’s Road to Redemption in the Flyweight Division
Looking ahead, Kape (19-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is set to rematch Matheus Nicolau at a UFC Fight Night event on Jan. 13 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Eager to overturn his narrow loss to Nicolau from March 2021, Kape is motivated to showcase his growth and superiority in the flyweight division. Following back-to-back losses to Pantoja and Nicolau, Kape’s four consecutive wins have proven his enhanced abilities and determination.