Alexandre Pantoja
Added to UFC 240 in Canada
FlyweightUFC
May 22, 2019
Pantoja and Deiveson Figueiredo have been added to the card for UFC 240 in Canada on July 27, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The bout will pit two fighters heading in opposite directions, as Pantoja has won five of his six bouts since leaving TUF 24 while Figueiredo is coming off the first loss of his professional career. Pantoja's most recent outing was an impressive one, taking down Wilson Reis via TKO (punches) in Round 1 of UFC 236.
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Finishes Wilson Reis at UFC 236
FlyweightUFC
April 13, 2019
Pantoja defeated Wilson Reis via TKO (punches) at 2:58 of Round 1 at UFC 236 on Saturday in Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Entering as a surprising favorite, Pantoja put forth his most impressive performance with the company. Knowing full well that his biggest advantage was on the feet, Pantoja took it to Reis when the two men were standing. The finish came after a beautiful combination right up the middle sent Reis crumbling to the mat. Referee Jason Herzog gave Reis more than ample time to recover, but he was unable to do so. With five victories in his first six UFC bouts, Pantoja is quickly climbing up the rankings at 125 pounds. Add Pantoja to the ever growing list of fighters who are praying the UFC doesn't abolish their flyweight division.
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.
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.