Manel Kape
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Angola

Scores KO after missing weight
FlyweightUFC
August 7, 2021
Kape defeated Ode Osbourne via KO (knee) at 4:44 of Round 1 at UFC 265 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Kape would have almost certainly earned a post-fight bonus for this effort, but he isn't eligible for one because he missed weight by three pounds on Friday morning. Any weight miss is bad, but three pounds is especially concerning. Inside the Octagon, Kape's explosiveness was on full display. The knee that finished off Osbourne was perfectly placed. Kape has far more stopping power than your average flyweight, and he needed it here considering he dropped decisions in each of his first two UFC bouts. There's potential here if the 27-year-old can get his weight cut under control.
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Fight will proceed
FlyweightUFC
August 6, 2021
Kape will forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Ode Osbourne for Saturday's bout but the fight will go on as planned, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This seemed the likely outcome for Kape after he came in three pounds over the limit on the scale Friday morning. Kape remains a sizeable favorite in the bout at around -200 in pursuit of his first victory as part of the UFC promotion.
Tips scales three pounds over limit
FlyweightUFC
August 6, 2021
Kape weighed in three pounds over the 126-pound limit for his scheduled fight versus Ode Osbourne, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kape will likely have to forfeit a portion of his purse as a result, but it seems likely the bout will proceed. Another update on the status of the bout will be provided once confirmation of the fight status surfaces.
Next opponent lined up
FlyweightUFC
June 30, 2021
Kape will take on Ode Osbourne in a flyweight bout at the UFC event on August 7, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Kape is coming off a split decision loss to Matheus Nicolau back in March. Kape was a highly touted prospect, but has lost his first two decisions to begin his career with the UFC. Osbourne is coming off a knockout of Jerome Rivera back in February.
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.
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.