Alexandre Pantoja clarified the doubts. He’s ready for a third fight with Brandon Moreno and this time it would be for the UFC flyweight title.
The Brazilian killed the explosive Brandon Royval in the second round and now has a clear argument to challenge the Mexican. He is the only active fighter on the UFC roster to have beaten Moreno, as Sergio Pettis is already at Bellator, where he is the 135-pound champion.
Pantoja was dominant over Royval, who surpassed him in stature and reach. The American had not fought since November 2020, when he was injured in the fight with Tijuana and could not continue.
For the ‘Canibal’ Pantoja it is a great opportunity and he spoke directly with Moreno, who was a few meters from the cage, as an analyst in the broadcast for ESPN Deportes.
“I like you Moreno, you know that. But now it’s my turn. If you like December, that’s fine for me, ”said Pantoja before the look of the flyweight monarch who nodded.
Alexandre, ranked number three at 125 pounds, has beaten Brandon twice, the first was in The Ultimate Fighter, in the first fight of the season and the second was in Chile, when he dominated him widely and cost him the job. tricolor.
“I made you a better fighter, when I beat you at TUF you came back to fight in the UFC and you won bonus and after 30-26 you came back to be champion,” said the South American in the subsequent interview with Daniel Cormier.
The victory came at the exact moment for Pantoja, as the chips seemed to settle so that Askar Askarov, who drew with Brandon in Mexico in September 2019, would become the next challenger in case of beating Alex Pérez, but an injury took him out of the game. combat and the Mexican-American Pérez now has a commitment to Matt Schnell on September 4.
The UFC has not announced the Pay Per Event for November and December, but it is speculated that UFC 268 will take place in November and UFC 269 in December in Las Vegas, the city where Moreno has resided since January. It seems a matter of time before the fight becomes official.