Demetrius Johnson impressed by Alexandre Pantoja’s performance

Demetrius Johnson impressed by Alexandre Pantoja’s performance

by Aryan Lakhani
Demetrius Johnson impressed by Alexandre Pantoja’s performance
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The current UFC flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja has been super-impressive on his first title defense performance; by claiming a dominating win against Brandon Rovyal, he showed why he deserves to rule the flyweight division – Demetrius Johnson is amongst the many people who can see the treasure Alexandre Pantoja has turned out to be.

Pantoja is ready to fight anyone from the competitive division, although he did specifically mention a few names, like Brandon Moreno.

It will be interesting to see if Pantoja can successfully defend his belt again in 2024.

Demetrius Johnson on Alexandre Pantoja

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Demetrius Johnson shared his thoughts on Alexandre Pantoja.

“I think he’s great – I’ve always had big praise for Alexandre Pantoja,” Johnson said, as quoted by “I’ve always thought he’s a dark horse. He’s a very good.

He’s a very good grappler and that’s his strong suit. He’s got a very good chin, and in the fight he looked great. Brandon really impressed me. I thought that Brandon was just going to get destroyed by Pantoja, but he showed a lot of heart and grit.

He was very good off his back and that’s where I think he did most of his damage, off his back, and on the feet, too. He did a good job. It was a great fight. Pantoja is great for the flyweight division, and I can’t wait to see who he’s going to fight next”.

Demetrius Johnson on Pantoja’s weak area

“I think that only thing I saw this weekend that Brandon could’ve taken advantage of, was that he was so focused on defending the takedown and out striking Pantoja – I don’t think you’re going to knockout Pantoja, he’s got a chin.

I think if Brandon wrestled him, like ‘OK, I’m going to take the grappling to you and put you on your back and force,’ that’s where Pantoja looked like he was depleting most of his gas tank”.