After a third attempt at a match-up with Ray Borg was derailed, Brandon Moreno has drawn late-replacement Alexandre Pantoja to remain on the UFC Fight Night 129 fight card slated for May 19 in Santiago, Chile.
Moreno and Borg have been slated to fight on three occasions. While the first two cancellations were because of injuries to Borg (the second one caused by Conor McGregor during his UFC 223 media day rampage), the latest cancellation has to do with Borg’s newborn son, Anthony, who has been battling through some health issues that necessitated brain surgery.
With Borg out of the bout, UFC officials moved swiftly to enlist Pantoja to fight Moreno. Both men enter the fight on the heels of a loss.
Moreno (14-4), who sits at No. 7 in the MMAWeekly.com Flyweight Rankings, lost to Sergio Pettis in his last trip to the Octagon. That loss put an end to an 11-fight winning streak that included Moreno’s first three UFC bouts.
Pantoja (18-3) is coming off of a loss to Dustin Ortiz earlier this year, which also put an end to his 11-fight string of victories. Prior to the decision loss to Ortiz, Pantoja won his first two trips to the Octagon.
The UFC Fight Night 129 card has come under heavy fire from late changes, but was glued together by a main event that features a pivotal welterweight match-up between Demian Maia and Kamaru Usman. That bout was recently made when Santiago Ponzinibbio had to withdraw from the headlining bout with Usman because of an injury.