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MX News Update 2024


Manel Kape vs. Muhammad Mokaev targeted Manchester

A high-stakes flyweight showdown between Manel Kape and Muhammad Mokaev is expected to take place this summer at UFC 304.

Mokaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) announced on Instagram on Wednesday that he will face Kape (19-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in what will likely serve as a 125-pound title eliminator on July 27 event during Co-op Live in Manchester, England.

A person with knowledge of the situation told MMA Junkie that Kape has verbally agreed to the fight. The person requested anonymity because no official UFC announcement has been made.

Mokaev, No. 5 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie flyweight rankings, is on a six-fight winning streak in the octagon and is undefeated throughout his amateur and professional careers. He was passed over for a title shot at UFC 301 against Alexandre Pantoja in favor of Steve Erceg, but the 23-year-old was able to solidify his bid for gold with another win.

Kape, ranked No. 10, meanwhile, will bring a four-fight winning streak into UFC 304. However, he has struggled to stay active in recent years, with a slew of injuries, cancellations and a weight loss hampering his progress.

The latest UFC 304 lineup now includes:

  • Manel Kape vs. Mohammed Mokaev
  • Arnold Allen vs. Giga Chikadze
  • Daniel Pineda vs. Nathaniel Wood

For more information on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s events hub for UFC 304.

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