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In a display of skill and endurance, Alexandre Pantoja showcased why he’s a force to be reckoned with in the flyweight division, successfully defending his title against Steve Erceg in the main event of UFC 301. The Brazilian champion’s return to Rio de Janeiro was met with thunderous applause as he stepped into the octagon to face the determined challenger.

From the opening bell, it was clear that both fighters were prepared to leave it all in the cage. Pantoja, fighting in front of his superior striking and grappling to keep Erceg on the defensive. However, the challenger proved to be resilient, landing several significant strikes of his own and showcasing his own impressive skill set.

As the rounds progressed, Pantoja’s experience and conditioning began to shine through, as he relentlessly pressed forward, constantly looking for openings to land damaging blows and secure takedowns. Despite Erceg’s valiant efforts to mount a comeback, Pantoja’s relentless pressure and precision striking proved too much to overcome.

The judges scored the bout unanimously in favor of Pantoja, with scores of 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46, reflecting the champion’s dominance over the course of five hard-fought rounds. With this victory, Pantoja solidifies his status as one of the top fighters in the flyweight division and cements his place as a hometown hero in Rio de Janeiro.

In the post-fight interview, Pantoja expressed his gratitude to his fans for their unwavering support and promised to continue representing Brazil with pride as he looks ahead to future challenges in the UFC. As for Erceg, despite coming up short in his title bid, he earned the respect of fans and fighters alike for his gutsy performance and will undoubtedly be back stronger than ever. Overall, UFC 301’s main event delivered on its promise of excitement and high-level competition, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what the future holds for both Alexandre Pantoja and the flyweight division as a whole.

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