Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja II set
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The UFC either announced or finalized six fights this week, and reigning flyweight champion Brandon Moreno has his next defense set.
Following a four-fight series against Deiveson Figueiredo, the ‘Assassin Baby’ officially ended their rivalry at UFC 283 this past June. There, Moreno defeated ‘Deus Da Guerra’ via third-round TKO to unify the flyweight titles. For his first defense, Moreno has yet another former foe in front of him: Alexandre Pantoja.
Moreno and Pantoja have fought twice, though only one counts as an official fight (the first happened during a season of The Ultimate Fighter). The ‘Cannibal’ earned a unanimous decision against Moreno at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman nearly five years ago. Since then, Pantoja has gone 6-2 in his next eight UFC appearances. And after three straight wins — two of which were ‘Performance of the Night’ awarded finishes of Brandon Royval and Alex Perez — the Brazilian earned his first UFC championship opportunity.
Moreno vs. Pantoja II goes down at UFC 290, the upcoming pay-per-view event scheduled for July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Announced UFC fights:
UFC 288 — May 6
Phil Hawes vs. Ikram Aliskerov — middleweight (First rep. by ESPN Fight Center, H/T Tom Feely of Sherdog)
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Rafael Estevam — flyweight (First rep. by Nolan King and Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie)
Parker Porter vs. Braxton Smith — heavyweight (First rep. by Nolan King of MMA Junkie)
Movsar Evloev vs. Bryce Mitchell — featherweight
UFC Charlotte — May 13
Karl Williams vs. Chase Sherman — heavyweight (Williams vs. Sherman was already finalized, but shifted from UFC 287 to UFC Charlotte, per Williams on Instagram)
UFC 290 — July 8
Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja — flyweight (First rep. by Freak.MMA on Instagram)
Announced Bellator fights:
Bellator 295 — April 22
Aaron Pico vs. James Gonzalez — featherweight (First rep. by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting)
Bellator 297 — June 16
Gadzi Rabadanov vs. Pieter Buist — lightweight (First rep. by BellatorZone)
Daniel James vs. Gokhan Saricam — heavyweight
Roman Faraldo vs. Bobby Nash — welterweight
Jaleel Willis vs. Ramazan Kuramagomedov — welterweight
Archie Colgan vs. Emmanuel Sanchez — lightweight
Norbert Novenyi Jr. vs. Kamil Oniszczuk — middleweight
Timur Khizriev vs. Richie Smullen — featherweight
Announced Cage Warriors fights:
Cage Warriors 154 — May 6
Simone Patrizi vs. Ermil Xhaferi — lightweight
Cage Warriors 155 — June 2
Milad Ahady vs. Alex Trinidad — featherweight
Frans Lincoln Sormin vs. James Settle — bantamweight
Announced KSW fights:
KSW 82 — May 13
Brian Hooi vs. Andrzej Grzebyk — welterweight
Bogdan Gnidko vs. Rafał Kijańczuk — light heavyweight
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