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May 4, 2024 UFC 301 Alexandre Pantoja vs. Steve Erceg at the Farmasi Arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alexandre Pantoja vs. Steve Erceg Fight Odds
Alexandre Pantoja (-190)
Steve Erceg (+160)

The post-fight analysis of UFC 301’s flyweight title bout between Alexandre Pantoja and Steve Erceg highlights a strategic and competitive match. Here’s a breakdown of the key points from the analysis:

Pantoja’s Early Grappling: Pantoja started strong in the first round, effectively using his grappling skills to counter Erceg’s clean strikes1.

Erceg’s Resilience: Despite being less experienced, Erceg showed he could compete at the championship level, especially in the second round where he stunned Pantoja with his striking1.

Turning Point: A significant moment occurred in the third round when Erceg landed a standing elbow, causing a cut on Pantoja’s face1.

Momentum Shift: Erceg gained momentum and notably won the fourth round with his diverse boxing attack1.

Fifth Round Decisiveness: A crucial mistake by Erceg in attempting an ill-advised takedown allowed Pantoja to take control and secure the victory1.

Erceg’s Future Potential: Despite the loss, Erceg earned respect and is seen as a promising contender for the future of the flyweight division1.

Pantoja’s Home Victory: For Pantoja, defending his belt in his hometown was a significant achievement, and he aims to further cement his legacy by attempting to become the second flyweight champion to defend the belt three times1.

The fight was a testament to both fighters’ skills and determination, with Pantoja’s experience and strategic grappling ultimately earning him the unanimous decision victory. The analysis also suggests that Pantoja has emerged as a formidable champion in the flyweight division, with potential rematches against contenders like Brandon Royval and Amir Albazi on the horizon

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