Steve Erceg surprises by delivering strategy for the duel against Alexandre Pantoja at UFC Rio

The flyweight title challenger announced that he intends to keep the fight at long distance, avoiding the strong grappling of the champion

S. Erceg celebrates victory in the UFC (Photo: Instagram/UFC)

Next challenger for the flyweight belt (up to 56,7kg), Steve Erceg already have in mind your strategy for the duel against Alexandre pantoja No. UFC 301, which takes place on May 04th. The Australian stated that he intends to keep the duel at long distance, thus avoiding the category champion's strong grappling game.

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“My plan is mainly to punch him in the face and not get hit. He's obviously going to come at him recklessly and I'm going to try to stay out of his reach. Like 'death by a thousand cuts'. If I try to cut short and hit him too hard, it will give him the chance to staple me and use grappling. In the middle distance is where he will have the advantage, but if I stay good and technical, playing in the long distance, then I can frustrate him and make things difficult for him”, said Erceg.


Hired by Ultimate at the beginning of 2023, Steve achieved a rapid rise and will compete for the flyweight belt with just three victories in the organization, over David Dvorak, Alexander Costa e Matt schnell. The biggest fight of the Australian's career will be at UFC 301, on May 04th, in Rio de Janeiro, against the champion Alexandre pantoja.

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