Former Rizin bantamweight champion Manel Kape will look to immediately blast his method into title rivalry as he faces Prime 10 opposition on his octagon debut.

Kape (15-Four MMA, 0-Zero UFC) will tackle No. 9-ranked flyweight contender Rogerio Bontorin at UFC 252, which is scheduled to happen on August 15 at a venue to be confirmed.

Kape just lately confirmed the combat on his Fb web page after an preliminary report from Combate earlier this month.

After going 9-1 on the regional scene in Portugal, Kape constructed his title throughout a nine-fight stint with Japanese promotion Rizin FF. His tenure in Japan noticed him go 6-Three with the promotion, with all six victories coming by the use of stoppage. He arrives within the UFC’s flyweight division using a three-fight win streak, along with his most up-to-date efficiency that includes an attention-grabbing second-round knockout of Kai Asakura as he captured the Rizin FF bantamweight title.

Now a UFC fighter, Kape will tackle Bontorin (16-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who’s seeking to bounce again to type after struggling the second lack of his skilled profession. A graduate of the inaugural season of Dana White’s Contender Sequence, Bontorin picked up UFC victories over Magomed Bibulatov and Raulian Paiva earlier than dropping a unanimous resolution to former title challenger Ray Borg at UFC on ESPN+ 25 in February.

UFC 252 takes place Saturday, August 15 at a venue to be confirmed. The cardboard airs on ESPN+ pay per view following prelims on ESPN+ and ESPN.

The most recent UFC 252 lineup now consists of:

  • Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier
  • Livinha Souza vs. Ashley Yoder
  • Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Felice Herrig vs. Virna Jandiroba
  • Junior Dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
  • Rogerio Bontorin vs. Manel Kape
  • Zelim Imadaev vs. Laureano Staropoli