Alexandre Pantoja recalls how he almost ‘blacked out’ against Brandon Rovyal

Alexandre Pantoja explains how he almost passed away in his fight against Brandon Rovyal.

by Aryan Lakhani
Alexandre Pantoja recalls how he almost ‘blacked out’ against Brandon Rovyal
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Alexandre Pantoja’s first title defence was a successful one; however, he recently confessed that there were moments in the fight when he was in serious danger. Pantoja fell in trouble after he got Brandon Rovyal’s back as he experienced unexpected dizziness and was a few steps away from blacking out.

From the spectator's angle, Alexandre Pantoja looked safe and well, but inside, he was on the edge of passing out, and somehow, he pulled himself out of the jaws of defeat. Somewhere within, Pantoja very strongly wanted a win, and that raw emotion was clearly seen in his performance.

It will be very interesting to see who he ends up fighting next. Pantoja wants to face Brandon Moreno for his next title defense.

Alexandre Pantoja on nearly passing out

Recently on MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast, Alexandre Pantoja revealed how he almost passed out against Brandon Rovyal.

“I almost blacked out trying to put him out,” Pantoja said, as quoted by “Coming back from the third to fourth round, [coach Marcos] ‘Parrumpinha’ came to me and said, ‘We lost that round.’ I’m like, ‘What? No way we lost it, master’.

‘Parrumpinha’ is the best coach in the world today, in my opinion, and he said that to give me sense of urgency because we’re fighting an American in the United States and he knows everything counts. He gives me this sense of urgency, we need the next round to solidify.

I started with everything and when I took his back, I started to feel ill, I was aware that I was going out, man. That’s never happen in my life before. I’m still processing what happened. But I started to see the world spinning, brother, like if I was drunk, you lay on bed and everything starts to spin.

I’m like, ‘Damn, I’m going out here.’ I’m on his back and no way I could allow him to get out of there because I’d be in real trouble”.