Wilson Reis
Fighting Alexandre Pantoja at UFC 236
FlyweightUFC
February 20, 2019
Reis has been added to UFC 236 on April 13 against Alexandre Pantoja in the flyweight division, Guilherme Gruz of MMAfighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's set to be a competitive battle between the two fighters as Reis is set to enter the Octagon ranked fifth while Pantoja only sits one behind him at sixth. Reis will enter the fight on a bit of a roller coaster over his last four fights, recently ended a three-bout skid in December when he beat Ben Nguyen via unanimous decision to bring his Octagon record up to 7-5.
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Easily decisions Ben Nguyen in Adelaide
FlyweightUFC
December 1, 2018
Reis defeated Ben Nguyen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Adelaide, Australia.
ANALYSIS
Reis played to his biggest strength and repeatedly shot for takedowns against the undersized Nguyen. He ended up scoring on seven-of-seventeen attempts and as a result was able to keep Nguyen trapped against the cage and the mat for a good portion of the fight. It was an easy win in a fight in which Reis was shockingly the underdog at +125. The Brazilian better hope that the UFC doesn't do away with the flyweight division. Reis has little power in his hands (he doesn't have a single win in his career via knockout) and he's short at 5-foot-4. He would be far less interesting at 135 pounds.
Suffers third straight loss Saturday in Glendale
FlyweightUFC
April 14, 2018
Reis lost to John Moraga via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC on FOX 29 on Saturday in Glendale, Arizona.
ANALYSIS
In a close fight, Reis should have known that going to the judge's scorecards against Moraga in his hometown was a bad idea. He landed two takedowns in each round, but he did little with his positional advantage outside of one legitimate submission attempt in Round 2. Reis has the brute strength and athleticism to win fights even when he isn't at his best. He nearly pulled off the feat on Saturday, but Moraga's quick start prevented it. Reis is now riding a three-fight losing streak, although the first two setbacks came against UFC Featherweight Champion Demetrious Johnson and perennial top contender Henry Cejudo. Reis needs to get back in the win column his next time out.
Booked against John Moraga
FlyweightUFC
February 3, 2018
Reis (22-8) will face John Moraga (18-6) in a flyweight bout at UFC on FOX 29 on April 14 in Glendale, Arizona, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Reis is looking to get back in the win column -- and title contention -- after dropping his previous two fights to Demetrious Johnson (submission) and Henry Cejudo (TKO), respectively. He'll face a veteran opponent in Moraga who is in the midst of a two-fight win streak, which includes an upset victory over Magomed Bibulatov at UFC 216 in October.
Not competitive in Saturday's loss to Henry Cejudo
FlyweightUFC
September 9, 2017
Reis lost to Henry Cejudo via TKO (punches) at 0:25 of Round 2 at UFC 215 on Saturday in Edmonton.
ANALYSIS
It was a highly concerning performance from Reis in a fight that he totally no-showed. Losing to pound-for-pound king "Mighty Mouse" Johnson is one thing, but virtually no one saw Reis being dominated to this extent against Cejudo. The Brazilian simply had no answer for the hand speed of a much improved Cejudo. Back-to-back losses can knock you out of the title picture quickly, but thankfully for Reis he fights in the thinnest division in the UFC. Another quick winning streak could have Reis in a advantageous position once again.
Will fight Cejudo at UFC 215
FlyweightUFC
June 7, 2017
Reis will look to rebound from a flyweight title loss in a September bout against Henry Cejudo at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Damon Martin of Fox Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Reis (22-7) lost via submission to Demetrius Johnson in a flyweight title fight, but will get a chance against Cejudo (10-2), who has lost his past two fights in the Octagon. Cejudo was booked last month, but had to back out of the fight for a hand injury. With the fight three months away, that injury should be behind him.