UFC Vegas 34: Alexandre Pantoja is the fighter to watch
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UFC flyweight contender Alexandre Pantoja is the fighter to keep an eye on at UFC Vegas 34.
Alexandre Pantoja has always been one of the most dangerous flyweights in the UFC, with vicious knockout power to go with a diverse ground game that includes multiple submissions thanks to his superior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
After splitting his past four fights, Pantoja finds himself on the cusp of a shot at UFC gold once again as he faces sixth-ranked flyweight Brandon Royval at UFC Vegas 34.
Pantoja already holds a win over the head of the current UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno, defeating him by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 129 in 2018. He would go on a three-fight winning streak before falling to Deiveson Figueiredo in a title eliminator fight at UFC 240.
After falling to top contender Askar Askarov and then putting on a one-sided performance against up-and-coming prospect Manel Kape, Pantoja needs a win to stay in the title hunt in the UFC’s resurrected flyweight division. A win could earn him a rematch against Moreno, as Askarov continues to recover from a recent hand injury while a trilogy fight between Moreno and Figueiredo doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon.
Alexandre Pantoja faces Brandon Royval in a pivotal flyweight matchup
It certainly won’t be an easy matchup for Pantoja against Royval, a winner of four of his last five fights with his lone defeat in the UFC coming against Moreno in his last octagon appearance at UFC 255. Royval is the former Legacy flyweight champion before he signed with the UFC last year.
If Pantoja wants another shot at Moreno and more importantly; another shot at the UFC flyweight title, he’ll need to put on another impressive performance against Royval at UFC Vegas 34. Pantoja will look to steal the show near the start of the UFC Vegas 34 main card.
UFC Vegas 34 takes place on Aug. 21, 2021, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
Published at Sun, 15 Aug 2021 21:45:33 +0000