Top contender Alexandre Pantoja called for a flyweight title shot against champion Brandon Moreno following his big win at UFC Vegas 34.
Pantoja submitted Brandon Royval in the second round with a rear-naked choke in a fight that UFC president Dana White anointed a title eliminator the day before. It was a fantastic performance by the Brazilian, who improved to 8-3 all-time in the Octagon dating back to his promotional debut in 2017. Pantoja is coming off of back-to-back wins over Royval and Manel Kape as he edges closer to a title shot at 125lbs. Given the fact White said that the winner of his fight with Royval would get the title shot, it stands to reason Pantoja is next.
Following his big win over Royval, Pantoja was able to speak to Moreno in person as the champion was a guest of the UFC at last night’s event. The Brazilian — who holds two previous wins over the current champion, in TUF, and in the UFC — said that he respects Moreno, but he also believes that he should be next in line and asked for the title shot, which Moreno verbally agreed to. Taking to his social media following the win, the No. 3 ranked Pantoja once again expressed his interest in fighting for the UFC flyweight title.
The face of who’s gonna fight for the belt on the world’s biggest show.
Pantoja has been a professional MMA fighter since 2007, so to see what the 31-year-old Brazilian has accomplished in the years since then has been incredible to watch. He is clearly one of the best flyweights in the world and he deserves to fight for the belt given his impressive win over Royval at UFC Vegas 34, and his previous two wins over Moreno. Although Pantoja lost three fights ago to Askar Askarov, the Russian missed weight in his last fight against Joseph Benavidez, and it appears that weight miss upset the UFC brass.
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