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‘Nasty bastard’ Alexandre Pantoja tops Steve Erceg at UFC 301


Michael Bisping doesn’t suppose Steve Erceg is prepared for Alexandre Pantoja.

Pantoja (27-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) defends his flyweight title towards Erceg (12-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 301 (Pay-per-view/ESPN/ESPN+) fundamental occasion at Farmasi Enviornment in Rio de Janeiro.

Bisping marveled at Pantoja’s resume, which incorporates two wins over Brandon Moreno, two wins over Brandon Royval, in addition to top-ranked contenders Alex Perez and Manel Kape.

“Alexandre Pantoja, this man’s phenomenal,” Bisping mentioned on his YouTube channel. “He’s just about gone via the complete flyweight division: Brandon Moreno, the Royvals, the Kapes. You identify it, he’s been there and accomplished it.

“The person’s phenomenal. He’s obtained no weak areas. He’s obtained a powerful thoughts. He’s resilient. He’s obtained a tremendous fuel tank. He can strike, he can wrestle, he’s obtained world-class jiu-jitsu and he’s a nasty bastard on prime of it.”

Pantoja opened up as a large favourite, however the line has gotten nearer on battle week. The champion is presently a -200 favourite in keeping with FanDuel, whereas Erceg is a +154 underdog.

Bisping sees Pantoja as an enormous favourite, and would view an Erceg win as a large upset.

“Will he get it accomplished? (I) love Steve Erceg – good man. However this isn’t the one,” Bisping mentioned. “It’s simply not the one. Not proper now, and I say that with respect to Steve. I want you all the very best, brother. I hope you’ll be able to show me mistaken, and I actually do imply that.

“Alexandre Pantoja is just too expert, too skilled. However you by no means know. One shot is all it takes in these 4-ounce gloves. However in fact, in the primary occasion, I’ve obtained the one and solely Alexandre Pantoja.”

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