RFA’s Pantoja Gets Finish to Start TUF 24


To some, the UFC might seem desperate to find challengers for their Flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (24-2-1 with eight title defenses.) To others, season 24 of The Ultimate Fighter could be the most deadly one yet with the “Tournament of Champions” bringing together 16 titleholders from around the world and having already produced three consecutive finishes.

With a shot at gold in the world’s most elite MMA organization on the line for the fighters, it was all about bragging rights on the line for the promotions that sent them there. The RFA was represented proudly by their 125-pound champion, Alexandre Pantoja, and the discipline that started it all, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

With a shot at gold in the world’s most elite MMA organization on the line for the fighters, it was all about bragging rights on the line for the promotions that sent them there. The RFA was represented proudly by their 125-pound champion, Alexandre Pantoja, and the discipline that started it all, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Fans at home witnessed a striking battle through the opening round as Pantoja (ranked #1 seed) consistently backed up his adversary in #16 seed Brandon Moreno of the World Fighting Federation, who defended for a short while with overhand blows.

The fight transitioned in favor of the Brazilian as Moreno looked to avoid a takedown, but failed to protect his back. From there, a rear-naked choke brought Pantoja one step closer to glory.

“If he wins the competition, this guy could be a legitimate threat to Demetrious Johnson,” UFC President Dana White said.

The teams this season are being coached by Joseph Benavidez, a two-time challenger to Johnson and Olympic wrestling gold medalist (2008) Henry Cejudo. Cejudo, Johnson’s most recent opponent, lost by way of TKO inside of three minutes.

Though as a coach, he currently holds a 3-1 over Benavidez.

  • Alexandre Pantoja def. Brandon Moreno via Rear-Naked Choke in Round 2

  • Kai Kara-France def. Terrence Mitchell via KO (punch) in the Round 1

  • Nkazimulo Zulu lost to Hiromasa Ogikubo via Rear-Naked Choke in Round 2.

  • Adam Antolin defeated Damacio Page via TKO in Round 2

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