Alexandre Pantoja
The Cannibal


Returning in August
May 11, 2021
Pantoja (hand) will take on Brandon Royval (shoulder) in a flyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on Aug. 21, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Pantoja received a 180-day medical suspension in early February after he injured both of his hands when he defeated Manel Kape via unanimous decision Feb. 6. Royval will also be returning from an injury, as he was suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission in November due to a right shoulder issue. Royval sustained the injury when he lost to Brandon Moreno via TKO (injury) at UFC 255 on Nov. 21. Royval has slight advantages in both height and reach.
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Tending to hand injury
February 9, 2021
The UFC handed Pantoja a 180-day medical suspension Monday after he injured both of his hands in his unanimous-decision victory over Manel Kape on Saturday in the promotion's event in Las Vegas, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Pantoja will be sent in for X-rays on both of his hands and must receive full medical clearance from a doctor to compete again within the next six months. The hand injuries were a small price for Pantoja to pay to get back in the win column after he had lost two of his previous three UFC bouts.
Spoils debut of Manel Kape
February 6, 2021
Pantoja defeated Manel Kape via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Full marks to Pantoja for an excellent rebound performance on the heels of his unanimous decision setback to Askar Askarov last July. Facing a big-time prospect with a lot of hype behind him, Pantoja wore Kape down with volume. He fired off plenty of leg kicks and did a stellar job of limiting the openings for his aggressive opponent. Pantoja and Kape appeared even in terms of natural ability, but the Brazilian appeared calm and composed inside the Octagon, while Kape looked like he was second guessing himself in his company debut. Pantoja is firmly on the fringes of the title discussion despite alternating wins and losses in his past five bouts dating back to April 2019. Pantoja is still just 30 years of age.
Fighting Kape in February
December 26, 2020
Pantoja will fight Manel Kape in a flyweight matchup on Feb. 6, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
The two were set to fight in December before Pantoja withdrew due to undisclosed reasons. It appears he's returned to health and will fulfill his end of the deal now. Pantoja will look to get back in the win column after falling to Askar Askarov his last time out.
Withdraws from Dec. 19 fight
December 3, 2020
Pantoja withdrew from his upcoming matchup against Manel Kape for an undisclosed reason, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Pantoja was attempting to return to the win column against Kape, but he'll no longer fight for an undisclosed reason. It's not yet known whether the promotion will find a new opponent for Kape, and it's unclear when Pantoja could return to the Octagon.
Matched against Manel Kape
November 3, 2020
Pantoja will face Manel Kape on Dec. 19, reports.
Pantoja has lost two of his last three fights, most recently falling by unanimous decision against Askar Askarov in July. In Kape, he'll face a fighter on a three-fight winning streak, with each win coming in the second round by KO or TKO, though all three came with Rizin FF, as the upcoming fight will be his UFC debut.