Manel Kape already has a fight lined up after missing out on a recent opportunity.
The UFC announced Wednesday that Kape (17-6) will fight Rogerio Bontorin (17-4, 1 NC) at UFC 275 on June 11 in at at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
Kape, a former RIZIN champion at 135 pounds, is currently No. 11 is currently No.1 in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings at flyweight. Bontorin, however, sits at No. 14.
Wednesday’s announcement comes a few short weeks after Kape withdrew from a bout with Sumudaerji at UFC Vegas 52 on April 23 for personal reasons.
Kape just won back-to-back knockout victories over Zhalgas Zhumagulov, Ode Osbourne. Kape was a rising star in Japan’s RIZIN promotion. He lost his two first UFC fights via decision, before beating Osbourne at UFC 265..
Bontorin had originally planned to host Kape at the UFC 252 Octagon back in August 2020.. Bontorin had to pull out of that fight due to an injury to his ankle. Bontorin lost his last three fights. In his most recent outing at UFC Vegas 46 in January, Bontorin dropped a split decision to Brandon Royval.
UFC 275 is headlined by a pair of title bouts as Glover Teixeira defends the light heavyweight championship against another former RIZIN champion, Jiri Prochazka, and Valentina Shevchenko goes for her seventh consecutive flyweight title defense when she fights Taila Santos.