Former RIZIN champion Manel Kape’s back was to the wall at UFC 265 after dropping his first two fights in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and then missing weight by three pounds in Houston, Texas. So, if he dropped his fight to Ode Osbourne tonight (Sat., Aug. 7, 2021) inside Toyota Center, there was a good chance he’d be out of a job.
“StarBoy” doesn’t have to worry after what just happened.
After an intense back-and-forth that saw Kape and Osbourne exchange a long string of technical kicks and strikes, Kape backed up and drew Osbourne right into a flying knee that landed right on the jaw. Osbourne crumpled, Kape chased him down with ground-and-pound, and that was it as far as the referee was concerned.
Take a look at this wild finish:
Afterward, Kape unleashed a slew of swears that made it onto the ESPN+ broadcast (if ESPN is gonna keep trying to censor fighters, we’re going to enjoy how bad of a job they do) and asked for a bonus. Unfortunately for him, as interviewer Daniel Cormier noted, fighters who miss weight are ineligible for performance bonuses.
Kape may be one of the best Flyweight fighters in the world, but he’ll have to come back and actually win at 125 pounds before he can really talk.
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