Alexandre Pantoja
Scheduled for UFC 236
FlyweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Pantoja has been added to the April 13 card in UCF 236 against Wilson Reis in the flyweight division, Guilherme Cruz of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
With both fighters ranked highly in the flyweight with Reis at fifth and Pantoja at sixth, the matchup between the two is already projecting to be one of the hardest to predict when the two enter the Octagon. For his part, Pantoja will enter the ring on a better run than his counterpart, currently sitting at 4-1 in UFC and coming off back-to-back wins over Brandon Moreno and Ulka Sasaki, while Reis has lost three of his last four.
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Makes quick work of Ulka Sasaki
FlyweightUFC
November 17, 2018
Pantoja defeated Ulka Sasaki via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:18 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 140 on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ANALYSIS
Pantoja found himself on his back early in this one but managed to find his opponent's back in a scramble moments before closing the show. After a tough loss to Dustin Ortiz, Pantoja has now reeled off back-to-back wins, and has gotten his hand raised in 13 of his last 14 fights. He improves to 20-3 in professional MMA as a result of the victory but his future remains in question due to his presence in the likely soon-to-be-dissolved flyweight division.
Gets back on track with decision win over Brandon Moreno
FlyweightUFC
May 19, 2018
Pantoja defeated Brandon Moreno via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Santiago, Chile.
ANALYSIS
Moreno. The younger fighter came out with a lot of aggression, but Pantoja's counters quickly took him out of that game. The Brazilian was in the driver's seat for the rest of the fight. Whenever Moreno entered striking range, he ate power strikes from Pantoja. The former Shooto Americas champion needed this win to get back on track after falling to Dustin Ortiz in his last fight, and he came through in a big way.
Booked for UFC Chile
FlyweightUFC
May 1, 2018
Pantoja will fight Brandon Moreno at UFC Chile on May 19, Danny Segura of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Pantoja will be fighting on short notice, as he's filling in for Ray Borg, who had to pull out of the fight due to a personal matter. Despite a career record of 18-3, Pantoja is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Dustin Ortiz, so he'll look to shake that off with a return to the winning column against Brandon Moreno. Pantoja has shown a well-rounded attack through his career, owning six knockouts, seven submissions and five decisions, but he'll have to overcome both a height and reach disadvantage compared to Moreno.
Fades badly in UFC 220 loss to Dustin Ortiz
FlyweightUFC
January 20, 2018
Pantoja lost to Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 220 on Saturday in Boston.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. Pantoja was in total control in Round 1 before the wheels fell of completely. All the areas in which he excelled in Round 1 - pace, mat positioning, grappling, disappeared in Rounds 2 and 3. Ortiz is a tough opponent and a terrific wrestler in his own right, but that isn't an excuse for Pantoja's disappearing act. The loss came at the worst possible time for the 27-year-old as he was seemingly on the verge of cracking the top-ten in the UFC's flyweight division.
Sends Neil Seery into retirement with submission at UFC Fight Night Glasgow
FlyweightUFC
July 16, 2017
Pantoja defeated Neil Seery via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:31 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Glasgow, Scotland
ANALYSIS
This was a very impressive performance from Pantoja. He started out strong in the first round. The Brazilian landed with a variety of hooks, leg kicks and body kicks. Seery, who is always a game fighter, stayed in the contest. However, he was clearly getting the worse of the exchanges. Towards the end of the second round, Seery appeared to find his rhythm and landed a series of combinations clean on Pantoja. Perhaps sensing the changing momentum, Pantoja came out in the third round and landed an early takedown. He expertly move to the mount and then the back. From there, it was only a matter of time until he finished via rear-naked choke. Pantoja has now won back-to-back fights since joining the UFC following a stint of "The Ultimate Fighter."