Manel Kape


To fight Nicolau on March 13
March 3, 2021
Kape will fight Matheus Nicolau at the UFC Event on March 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
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.
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Out with thumb injury
February 9, 2021
Kape was handed a six-month medical suspension due to a right thumb injury Tuesday, reports.
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
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.
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
December 26, 2020
Kape will make his UFC debut in a flyweight matchup against Alexandre Pantoja on Feb. 6, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
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
December 3, 2020
Kape will no longer face Alexandre Pantoja on Dec. 19 after Pantoja withdrew for an undisclosed reason, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
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.
New debut scheduled
November 3, 2020
Kape (ankle) will make his UFC debut against Alexandre Pantoja on Dec. 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Kape had been set to make his UFC debut against Rogerio Bontorin in August but was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury. He's evidently now past the issue and will be looking to take his three-fight winning streak from Rizin FF to the UFC. In Pantoja, he'll face an opponent who has lost two of his last three fights, most recently losing by unanimous decision against Askar Askarov in July.