Alexandre Pantoja can’t understand how he’s been left out of the flyweight title picture. With reigning UFC 125-pound champion Deiveson Figueiredo unavailable to defend his title for unknown reasons, the promotion opted to create an interim title fight between ex-champ Brandon Moreno (19-5-2 MMA, 7-2-2 UFC) and surging contender Kai Kara-France (24-9 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC 277 on July 30. But where does that leave Pantoja? Considering that the Brazilian holds wins over both men and is coming off back-to-back victories over Manel Kape and Brandon Royval, he feels he should have been the one competing for the title. “I was upset that it didn’t look like everything I did in the division,” Pantoja told MMA Junkie. “I’m showing every fight the level I’m at and I want to be recognized by the UFC, but I really believe in this company which made my art get paid for that.
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