Manel Kape to make UFC debut against Rogerio Bontorin
Manel Kape has an opponent for his UFC debut. The former Rizin bantamweight champion has been booked to face Rogerio Bontorin on August 12th.
The fight will be part of the UFC 252 card which does not currently have a venue. It will be Kape’s first bout outside of Japan since 2015 after his nine fight stint with Rizin.
Bontorin (16-2) has won two out of his three UFC fights. His name might be familiar to Japanese fans; the Brazilian beat Michinori Tanaka at Grandslam 6 in 2017.
Having competed at bantamweight for Rizin he will be dropping down to 125lbs for his UFC debut. Bontorin is currently #9 in the flyweight rankings and represents a real test for the AKA Thailand representative.