Previous RIZIN Bantamweight champion, Manel Kape, will ultimately get to make his very long-awaited Best Combating Championship (UFC) debut. According to MMA Junkie, Kape will make the drop down to the Flyweight division to consider on Alexandre Pantoja on Dec. 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Winner of a few straight — all knockouts — Kape has been battling under the RIZIN banner considering that 2017, earning a file of 6-3 alongside the way. “Prodigio” even gained a get in excess of former UFC title contender, Ian McCall, in the second spherical of the promotion’s Bantamweight Grand Prix. Kape was established to make his debut at UFC 252 against Rogerio Bontorin but an ankle injury pressured him out of action.
Pantoja, in the meantime, is presently ranked No. 5 on the formal UFC rankings and is coming off a tough loss to Askar Askarov at UFC Battle Island 2 this past July. The defeat was his next in his earlier three outings.
The ESPN+-streamed event will be headlined by a pivotal Welterweight showdown among Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards, though Marlon Moraes normally takes on Rob Font in the co-most important party.