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#8 Flyweight Division

Active

"StarBoy"

Manel Kape

Flyweight Division

19-6-0 (W-L-D)

4

Lucha racha ganadora

11

Victorias por nocaut

5

Gana por Sumisión

Manel Kape

Récord del Atleta

Info

Learn more about Manel Kape's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Active
Ciudad natal
Angola
Trenes en
AKA Thailand
Estilo de lucha
MMA
Años
30
Alto
65.00
Peso
129.50
Debut del octágono
Feb. 6, 2021
Alcance
68.00
Alcance de la pierna
39.00
  • Pro since 2012

     
  • 11 wins by KO, five by submission (3 RNC, 2 armbar)

     
  • Nine first-round finishes

     
  • Has won seven of his last nine and four in a row

     
  • Owns KO wins over UFC vets Takeya Mizugaki and Ian McCall

     
  • Also faced Kyoji Horiguchi and Yuta Sasaki

     
  • Origin of nickname: “As an amateur I always fought with fighters older than me and I won.” 

UFC 293 (9/9/23) Kape won a three round unanimous decision over Felipe dos Santos 

UFC Fight Night (12/17/22) Kape won a three round unanimous decision over David Dvorak 

UFC on ESPN (12/4/21) Kape stopped Zhalgas Zhumagulov via strikes at 4:02 of the first round

UFC 265 (8/7/21) Kape knocked out Ode’ Osbourne at 4:44 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (3/13/21) Kape lost a three round split decision to Matheus Nicolau

UFC Fight Night (2/6/21) Kape lost a three round unanimous decision to Alexandre Pantoja

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training in Portugal when I was four years old in boxing, because my father is a former world champion in boxing. I started training in MMA at 13 years old.



What ranks and titles have you held? RIZIN - World Champion (Japan), KOC - Champion (France). Invictus Pro league - Champion (Portugal), Vigo Luchas - champion (Spain) 



Do you have any heroes? My mother.



What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC means everything - my dream, my goal, my revenge against people that doubted my skills and my determination. I always knew that I’d be here, so I’m grateful.



What was your job before you started fighting? Sometimes I worked in security (bars, restaurants). 



Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Award - The best amateur MMA fighter in Portugal (ADC tournament). Threetimes the best fighter

of the tournament. Record 10-0 



Favorite grappling technique: 
Flying triangle 



Favorite Striking technique: 
Body punch