Manel Kape Opens as Favorite Versus Rogerio Bontorin

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  • Manel Kape has opened as the -220 betting favorite against Rogerio Bontorin.
  • Bontorin, who has been the betting underdog in all of his previous six UFC bouts, hit the betting boards at+185.
  • Kape and Bontorin are scheduled to fight at UFC 275 on June 11th.

UFC betting sites are picking Manel Kape to beat Rogerio Bontorin when the two flyweights collide at UFC 275 on June 11th.

Kape has opened as a big -220 betting favorite while Bontorin is the +185 underdog at the best MMA sportsbooks:

These two will finally share the Octagon after their first booking fell through. Bontorin was supposed to welcome Kape to the UFC at UFC 252 in August 2020 but Kape withdrew from that bout due to an ankle injury.

Kape Stops Zhalgas Zhumagulov

Kape will be looking to keep his winning streak going. The 28-year-old from Luanda, Angola opened his UFC career with a pair of decision losses. Since then, he’s picked up a pair of first-round stoppages. In his most recent bout, Kape was fiery out of the gate and stopped Zhalgas Zhumagulov with a barrage of punches at UFC Vegas 44 last December 4, 2021.

A professional fighter since 2012, Kape formerly competed for Cage Fighters, Knock Out Championship, and Invictus Pro MMA League before joining Rizin FF in Japan. He joined the RIzin 2017 bantamweight Grand Prix where he lost to Kyoji Horiguchi in the semifinals. In 2019, Kape won the Rizin bantamweight title by defeating Kai Asakura before joining the UFC. He has a record of 17-6 with 11 knockouts and 5 submission victories.

This marks the fourth time in five UFC bouts where Kape has opened with the minus money sign written next to his name and his second-shortest opening odds ever under the promotion. The only time where Kape has been the underdog in a UFC bout was when he opened at +110 and closed at even money odds against Alexandre Pantoja.

Brandon Royval Earns Split Decision Win Over Bontorin

Meanwhile, Bontorin will be trying to get back on track as he is winless in his last four bouts. The 30-year-old from Parana, Brazil began his UFC career with victories against Magomed Bibulatov and Raulian Paiva. But since then, he’s lost three of four bouts and had his only win during that stretch overturned to a no-contest after failing a drug test. In his last bout, Bontorin was on the wrong end of a split decision against Brandon Royval at UFC Vegas 46 last January 15th.

A former Brazilian national BJJ champion at 57 kgs, Bontorin began his MMA career in Brazil and fought under the likes of Gladiator Combat Fight, Curitiba Pro Fight, and Immortal FC while also appearing in Japan’s Pancrase promotion. He joined the Contender Series Brazil 1 where he submitted Gustavo Gabriel Silva to earn a UFC contract. Bontorin is 16-4 with 3 knockouts and 11 submission wins.

Being the betting underdog isn’t new to Bontorin who has seen the plus money sign placed next to his name in all of his previous six UFC appearances. At +185 against Kape, this marks the second-longest opening odds for Bontorin in the UFC, with only his +285 opening odds against Bilabutov longer.

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