Alexandre Pantoja Passidomo (born 16 April 1990) is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Flyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is the current UFC Flyweight Champion. As of February 20, 2024, he is #10 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.[4]

Alexandre Pantoja
BornAlexandre Pantoja Passidomo[1]
(1990-04-16) April 16, 1990 (age 33)
Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil[2]
Other namesThe Cannibal
ResidenceCoconut Creek, Florida, U.S.
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
DivisionFlyweight
Reach68 in (173 cm)
TeamBlack House (formerly)
American Top Team (2018–present)[3]
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total32
Wins27
By knockout8
By submission10
By decision9
Losses5
By decision5
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts career edit

The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions edit

On May 11, 2016, the UFC announced that the 16 contestants for the season of this TUF would be flyweight champion fighters from various organizations around the world, with the winner being expected to have a chance to fight for the flyweight title against Demetrious Johnson. The cast was announced on July 20. The coaches for the season were the former challengers to the flyweight belt, Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo, and Pantoja was from Team Cejudo.[5]

He was ranked # 1 in Team Cejudo, and made his first fight against # 16 Team Benavidez, Brandon Moreno. The two came to interact within the house, even with Pantoja speaking Portuguese and Brandon Moreno speaking Spanish, the similarity between languages facilitated communication. In the fight, Alexandre Pantoja defeated Brandon Moreno by submission in the second round. With this victory, Pantoja went to the quarterfinals of the reality show.[6][7][8][9]

Pantoja faced fellow team Cejudo member Kai Kara-France in the quarterfinals, defeating him by unanimous decision and progressing through to the semifinals.[10]

Pantoja faced Hiromasa Ougikubo in the semifinals of the tournament and was defeated by unanimous decision, and it was soon announced that he had contracted with the UFC.[11]

Ultimate Fighting Championship edit

Alexandre made his promotional debut on January 28, 2017, at UFC on Fox 23 against Eric Shelton.[12] He won the fight via split decision.[13]

Pantoja faced Neil Seery on July 16, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 113.[14] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[15]

Pantoja faced Dustin Ortiz on January 20, 2018 at UFC 220.[16] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[17]

Pantoja faced Brandon Moreno on May 19, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 129.[18] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Pantoja faced Ulka Sasaki on November 17, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 140.[20] He won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[21]

Pantoja faced Wilson Reis on April 13, 2019 at UFC 236.[22] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[23]

Pantoja faced Deiveson Figueiredo on July 27, 2019 at UFC 240.[24] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[25] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[26]

Pantoja faced Matt Schnell on December 21, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 165.[27] He won the fight via first-round knockout.[28] The win also earned Pantoja his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[29]

Pantoja faced Askar Askarov at UFC Fight Night 172 on July 19, 2020.[30] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[31]

Pantoja was expected to face promotional newcomer and the former Rizin FF Bantamweight champion Manel Kape on December 19, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 183.[32] However Pantoja pulled out of the fight in early December for undisclosed reasons.[33] The fight eventually took place on February 6, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 184.[34] Pantoja won the fight via unanimous decision.[35]

Pantoja faced Brandon Royval on August 21, 2021 UFC on ESPN 29.[36] He won the fight via rear-naked choke in round two.[37] With this win, Pantoja earned the Performance of the Night award.[38] Pantoja was meant to fight for the UFC flyweight title but a knee injury forced him out of it.[39]

Pantoja faced Alex Perez on July 30, 2022, at UFC 277.[40] He won the fight via a neck crank submission early in the first round.[41] The win also earned Pantoja his third Performance of the Night award.[42]

UFC Flyweight Champion edit

Pantoja rematched Brandon Moreno on July 8, 2023 at UFC 290 for the UFC Flyweight Championship.[43] Pantoja came out victorious via split decision, winning the bout and the title.[44] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[45]

In his first title defense, Pantoja faced Brandon Royval in a rematch on December 16, 2023, at UFC 296.[46] He successfully defended his title, winning the bout via unanimous decision.[47]

Personal life edit

Pantoja is married and has two sons. After winning the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC 290, Pantoja revealed in the post-fight interview that his father had abandoned his family, leaving his mother to raise him and his two brothers alone, and (facing the camera) asked his father if he was proud of him now.[48]

Championships and accomplishments edit

Mixed martial arts record edit

Professional record breakdown
32 matches 27 wins 5 losses
By knockout 8 0
By submission 10 0
By decision 9 5
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 27–5 Brandon Royval Decision (unanimous) UFC 296 December 16, 2023 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Flyweight Championship.
Win 26–5 Brandon Moreno Decision (split) UFC 290 July 8, 2023 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the UFC Flyweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 25–5 Alex Perez Submission (neck crank) UFC 277 July 30, 2022 1 1:31 Dallas, Texas, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 24–5 Brandon Royval Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on ESPN: Cannonier vs. Gastelum August 21, 2021 2 1:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 23–5 Manel Kape Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Volkov February 6, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 22–5 Askar Askarov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2 July 19, 2020 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Win 22–4 Matt Schnell KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. The Korean Zombie December 21, 2019 1 4:17 Busan, South Korea Performance of the Night.
Loss 21–4 Deiveson Figueiredo Decision (unanimous) UFC 240 July 27, 2019 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Fight of the Night.
Win 21–3 Wilson Reis TKO (punches) UFC 236 April 13, 2019 1 2:58 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 20–3 Ulka Sasaki Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio November 17, 2018 1 2:18 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Win 19–3 Brandon Moreno Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Usman May 19, 2018 3 5:00 Santiago, Chile
Loss 18–3 Dustin Ortiz Decision (unanimous) UFC 220 January 20, 2018 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 18–2 Neil Seery Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio July 16, 2017 3 2:31 Glasgow, Scotland
Win 17–2 Eric Shelton Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 3 5:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 16–2 Damacio Page Technical Submission (triangle choke) RFA vs. Legacy FC 1 August 5, 2015 2 5:00 Robinsonville, Mississippi, United States Won the inaugural AXS TV Flyweight Superfight Championship.
Win 15–2 Matt Manzanares Submission (rear-naked choke) RFA 18 December 9, 2014 2 2:38 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States Won the RFA Flyweight Championship.
Win 14–2 Lincoln de Sá Oliveira Decision (unanimous) Shooto Brazil 45 December 20, 2013 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 13–2 Daniel Araújo Submission (rear-naked choke) Watch Out Combat Show 31 November 1, 2013 1 2:13 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil WOCS Flyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 12–2 Rodrigo Favacho dos Santos Submission (rear-naked choke) MMA Fight Show: Summer Edition March 16, 2013 1 4:29 Arraial do Cabo, Brazil
Win 11–2 Lincoln de Sá Oliveira Decision (unanimous) Shooto Brazil 32 July 14, 2012 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 10–2 Sandro Gemaque de Souza KO (punches) Fatality Arena: Fight Night 1 December 9, 2011 3 3:58 Niterói, Brazil
Win 9–2 Samuel de Souza TKO (elbows and punches) WFC 4: Pretorian December 22, 2010 1 1:23 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–2 Bruno Azevedo Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto Brazil 18 September 17, 2010 1 N/A Brasília, Brazil
Loss 7–2 Jussier Formiga Decision (unanimous) Shooto Brazil 16 June 12, 2010 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 7–1 Ralph Alves Decision (split) Watch Out Combat Show 6 December 12, 2009 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 6–1 Magno Alves KO (punch) Watch Out Combat Show 5 September 27, 2009 1 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–1 Michael William Costa Decision (unanimous) Shooto Brazil 13 August 27, 2009 3 5:00 Fortaleza, Brazil
Win 4–1 Bruno Moreno TKO (doctor stoppage) Shooto Brazil 12 May 30, 2009 3 4:09 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–1 Gabriel Wolff TKO (doctor stoppage) Shooto Brazil 11 February 28, 2009 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 2–1 William Vianna Decision (split) Watch Out Combat Show 2 September 25, 2008 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–0 Peterson Malfort TKO (punches) Rocinha Fight August 2, 2008 2 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 1–0 Antônio Carlos Submission (armbar) Hikari Fight July 21, 2007 1 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Hiromasa Ougikubo Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions November 23, 2016 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 24 Semi Finals
Win 2–0 Kai Kara-France Decision (unanimous) November 2, 2016 2 5:00 TUF 24 Quarter Finals
Win 1–0 Brandon Moreno Submission (rear-naked choke) August 31, 2016 2 3:44 TUF 24 Round of 16

*Date given is the air date of the episode. The actual dates of the fight are not released by the UFC

See also edit

Notes edit

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  6. ^ Luta 1: Archived 2016-10-10 at the Wayback Machine Alexandre Pantoja (Team Cejudo) vs Brandon Moreno (Team Benavidez)
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