‘I’m gonna smash your boy’’: Alexandre Pantoja takes inspiration from Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Conor McGregor bout, confident to end trilogy with Brandon Moreno at UFC 290

At UFC 290, Brandon Moreno, the current flyweight champion, will face off against Alexandre Pantoja. The Brazilian fighter warned Moreno sternly in the manner of Khabib Nurmagomedov prior to their eagerly anticipated rematch.

In addition to Alexander Volkanovski vs. Yair Rodriguez as the headliner, the co-main event of UFC 290 will feature another exciting title fight. The event is scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena venue in Paradise, Nevada, on July 8, 2023. 

Alexandre Pantoja vs Brandon Moreno head-to-head?

When Moreno got his title back in January, he got into a verbal brawl with Alexandre Pantoja in the backstage. Ever since then, there’s been a high anticipation regarding their bout. In a recent statement, the Brazilian fighter reignited the spark between them by The Eagle style warning. 

“I’m gonna smash Brandon Moreno. I like when Khabib said that to Conor McGregor: ‘I’m gonna smash your boy.’ That’s what’s gonna happen on July 8th. I come for complete domination like I did in Chile.” Pantoja said. 

This is going to be their second encounter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Previously The Cannibal had a dominating victory against The Assassin Baby in 2018 via unanimous decision. Pantoja was also victorious in their TUF encounter back in 2016.

Can Brandon Moreno become the best flyweight champ with victory at UFC 290?

In UFC 283, Brandon Moreno defeated Deiveson Figueiredo to win the flyweight championship back earlier this year. The Assassin Baby made the difficult journey to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Jeunesse Arena on January 21 in order to fight Deiveson in front of the Brazilian audience.

With three losses to Deiveson Figueiredo, Alexandre Pantoja, and Sergio Pettis, Moreno’s UFC record presently stands at 9-3-2. He will undoubtedly rank among the greatest flyweight fighters of all time if he prevails in his opportunity to exact revenge on “The Cannibal” in his upcoming fight.

Do you think Alexandre Pantoja will be able to take the gold strap away from The Assassin Baby? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section. 


Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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