“Small man syndrome is real” – UFC 2024 first event loses important fight after HUGE weight miss from Manel Kape; fans react

Manel Kape missed weight by 3.5 pounds before his planned bout against Matheus Nicolau, leading to the cancelation.


“Small man syndrome is real” – UFC 2024 first event loses important fight after HUGE weight miss from Manel Kape; fans react

Manel Kape misses weight by 3.5 pounds leading to the fight cancellation against Matheus Nicolau (via MMA Fighting)

Manel Kape’s dramatic weight miss before his scheduled UFC flyweight contender fight against Matheus Nicolau has sparked speculation in the MMA world. The event happened at the weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night: Ankalaev vs. Walker. This will take place on January 14, 2024, in Las Vegas.

Kape, 19-6, missed the flyweight limit by 3.5 pounds, weighing 129.5 pounds on the scale. The contest with Nicolau was canceled because he exceeded the weight limit for a non-title flyweight fight, which was set at 126 pounds. The weight miss by Manel Kape has an impact on the flyweight standings. Both fighters were ranked in the top ten. A victory for either may have substantially improved this highly competitive class.

Kape is on a four-fight winning streak, demonstrating his talents and resilience in the Octagon. It is the eighth cancellation or change of one of Kape’s contests in the last two years. Kape’s anticipated opponent, Matheus Nicolau, has a record of 19-3-1. Nicolau has previously defeated Kape via split decision in 2021. 

Manel Kape’s weight loss has hampered the upcoming fight. It also raises concerns about his future in the flyweight class. It remains to be seen how the UFC handles this problem and what efforts Kape takes to overcome this setback in his career.

Fight fans react to Manel Kape’s weight miss at UFC Fight Night: Ankalaev vs. Walker

The anticipation and excitement took an unexpected turn when word of Manel Kape’s weight miss spread around the MMA world. Fight fans looking forward to the fight between Kape and Matheus Nicolau in the flyweight class were disappointed and frustrated when the contest was called off due to Kape’s inability to gain weight.

Fight fans react to Manel Kape's missed weight
Fight fans react to Manel Kape’s missed weight (via MMA Fighting)

The initial reactions were a mix of surprise and disappointment. Fight fans expressed their frustration over yet another canceled fight involving Manel Kape. Some believed that Kape was all talk and lacked any discipline. Others felt that there may be unforeseen circumstances at play here. Here are some of the reactions from fight fans:

Since Kape and Nicolau were listed in the top ten of the flyweight class, fans expected a highly contested fight. The cancelation of the match created a hole in the fight card. It also spurred speculation about the influence on the rankings and potential future matches in the flyweight class.

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