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#9 Flyweight Division



Manel Kape

Flyweight Division

18-6-0 (W-L-D)


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Manel Kape

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

Place of Birth
Luanda, Angola
Trains at
AKA Thailand
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Feb. 06, 2021
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2012
  • 11 wins by KO, five by submission (3 RNC, 2 armbar)
  • Nine first-round finishes
  • Has won six of his last eight and three 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 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