Manel Kape
Prodigio

Angola

Slow start again leads to defeat
FlyweightUFC
March 13, 2021
Kape lost to Matheus Nicolau via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Kape, a highly hyped prospect upon his UFC arrival, has now dropped back-to-back decisions to begin his company run. He looked better here than in his maiden voyage, but Kape's inactivity over the course of Round 1 likely cost him the fight. Of course, Kape probably deserved to win regardless after an excellent Round 2 and fairly solid Round 3. Kape has a bunch of power and is ridiculously talented, but he's now 4-5 in his past nine fights and that's an ugly statistic no matter how you look at it. Kape needs to do whatever is necessary to ensure his emerges victorious his next time out.
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To fight Nicolau on March 13
FlyweightUFC
March 3, 2021
Kape will fight Matheus Nicolau at the UFC Event on March 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Nicolau was looking for a new opponent after his previously scheduled fight against Tagir Ulanbekov was called off. Thus, Kape, who was dealing with a thumb injury and facing a possible six-month medical suspension, will return to the ring in a little over a month and face Nicolau, who makes his awaited return to the UFC after an almost three-year hiatus.
Out with thumb injury
FlyweightUFC
February 9, 2021
Kape was handed a six-month medical suspension due to a right thumb injury Tuesday, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kape suffered the injury during his loss to Alexandre Pantoja on Saturday. Unless cleared by a doctor, he'll be ineligible to fight again until Aug. 6.
Drops close one in company debut
FlyweightUFC
February 6, 2021
Kape lost to Alexandre Pantoja via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Kape was visibly upset when ring announcer Bruce Buffer read the decision, but he has no one to blame for the result but himself. While both Kape and Pantoja appeared to be virtually dead even in terms of ability, it was Pantoja who won this fight with volume. Perhaps it was the result of nothing more than a competitor battling nerves in his first fight with the company, but Kape appeared to be limiting Pantoja's ability to shoot for the takedown at all costs, and that cost him in terms of aggressiveness. Kape is just 27 years old and showed he could hang with one of the division's best fighters, so the night wasn't a total loss. Kape will be back in the near future.
Facing Pantoja in February
FlyweightUFC
December 26, 2020
Kape will make his UFC debut in a flyweight matchup against Alexandre Pantoja on Feb. 6, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The original fight set for Dec. 19 was scrapped earlier this month after Pantoja withdrew for undisclosed reasons. The fight is now back on, giving Kape the chance to make his UFC debut. Kape is on a three-fight winning streak from his time in Rizin FF.
Upcoming fight scrapped
FlyweightUFC
December 3, 2020
Kape will no longer face Alexandre Pantoja on Dec. 19 after Pantoja withdrew for an undisclosed reason, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kape has now been scheduled to make his UFC debut twice, but both matchups were called off for various reasons. The promotion may attempt to reschedule the fight for sometime in February, but it's unclear if that will occur. Kape currently carries a three-fight winning streak from Rizin FF.