LAS VEGAS – Alexandre Pantoja won’t have the belt in hand, however he thinks he’s above the champion.
The UFC flyweight title contender desires to get a title shot in opposition to newly topped champion Brandon Moreno, a person whom he’s overwhelmed twice, following his newest win within the octagon.
Pantoja (24-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) defeated Brandon Royval by second-round submission within the opening bout of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 29 foremost card.
The Brazilian is hoping to battle Moreno later this yr and he’s assured he can get the job accomplished a 3rd time in opposition to the Mexican titleholder.
“I say December because I think Brandon will want that time,”
Pantoja mentioned. “I’m able to battle. I don’t know if Moreno desires to battle this yr or subsequent yr, however I do know he is aware of I’m coming for the title.
“He is aware of my recreation. I beat him two instances. I feel he’s perhaps a little bit scared as a result of he misplaced to me through submission, after which when he had the chance to get revenge in opposition to me, I destroyed him. I made it 30-26. I proved I’m higher.
“When he came to the UFC, you see he’s good – but I’m better. He has the title, but he knows I’m much better when we fought three years ago.”
Pantoja beat Moreno in 2018 at a UFC Fight Night occasion in Chile and in 2016 in an exhibition bout that was a part of “The Ultimate Fighter 24” actuality collection.
There are a number of names at 125 kilos angling to be Moreno’s first title protection. But regardless of the competitors, Pantoja is assured he’s subsequent in line.
“I’m the next for the title – he knows that,” Pantoja mentioned. “Maybe he retires. I don’t know what’s in his mind. But he knows me and he knows my power with my hands and my grappling. I think I’m the most dangerous guy in that division.”