Picks & Analysis: Manel Kape vs Felipe Dos Santos 9/9/2023

Picks & Analysis: Manel Kape vs Felipe Dos Santos 9/9/2023

September 8, 2023


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In the UFC 293 preliminary event, flyweights Manel Kape and Felipe Dos Santos will square off for three rounds at Sydney, Australia’s Qudos Bank Arena on Saturday, September 9. Dos Santos replaces the injured Kai Kara-France in the octagon, and he must defeat the strongly favored Kape to keep his UFC career alive.


Both of Manel Kape’s opponents, Deiveson Figueiredo and Kai Kara-France, pulled out of their bouts, making way for Dos Santos. Kape is more of a reactive attacker, whereas Dos Santos is an aggressive aggressor who will likely dominate this matchup.


Kape, a three-time consecutive winner and the current #10 ranked flyweight, is a former Rizin bantamweight champion. With a 52% success rate and 11 knockouts, “Starboy” scores 4.46 important strikes per minute. In his last battle, Kape defeated the tough David Dvorak in three rounds.



Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) prospect Felipe Dos Santos has a perfect 7-0 record with 1 no contest. The 22-year-old has a modest height and reach advantage over Kape and fights at a rapid pace. His odds of getting a UFC contract are low, but he still has a shot if he performs well.


Despite the fact that Dos Santos is subbing in for the injured Kai Kara-France and the stakes aren’t as high as they could have been, this is still an interesting bout. Kape has spent the past two years training to become a top flyweight, and now he confronts a 22-year-old upstart who has a chance to become a divisional player in his own right.


Dos Santos has an impressive record of 7-0-1 in Brazilian competition. Instantly attempting to close the gap, he is a buzzsaw of an attacker. That approach to pleasing fans has some weight to it, and it sounds great to Kape as well.


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Manel Kape vs Felipe Dos Santos Fight Information


  • Date: 09/09/2023
  • Time: 11:00 PM ET
  • Location: Bridgestone Arena.
  • How to Watch Manel Kape vs Felipe Dos Santos: ESPN+
  • Live Stream: BT Sport.com


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