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Manel Kape recently downplayed Muhammad Mokaev's winning streak in the Octagon, expressing that he is unimpressed with his opponent's record ahead of their highly anticipated showdown at UFC 304.

The two elite flyweight contenders will meet on the main card of the UFC's upcoming pay-per-view event, scheduled for July 27 at the Co-op Live Arena in Manchester, England.

“Starboy” comes into the fight on a four-fight winning streak, but his momentum has been stalled by a series of injuries, fight cancellations and a weight deficit in recent years. In his last appearance, Kape secured a unanimous decision victory over Felipe dos Santos after an intense, back-and-forth battle at UFC 293 in September 2023.

In contrast, Mokaev has had no problems staying active since his debut in 2022. He has currently won six fights in a row in the Octagon and has remained undefeated throughout his amateur and professional career.

Despite being passed over for a title shot at UFC 301 in favor of Steve Erceg, who fought reigning champion Alexandre Pantoja, “The Punisher” has a chance to cement his title ambitions with another win. He earned a dominant unanimous decision victory over Alex Perez at UFC Apex last March.

Mokaev has long challenged Kape on social media, bringing the rivalry between the two to a boiling point. There is already a verbal exchange before the fight, and the 30-year-old Portuguese boxer believes that his opponent still lacks the qualities needed to impress him…

Kape describes himself as the “biggest challenge” and insists Mokaev’s game has weaknesses

In a recent interview with InsideFighting, “Starboy” was asked about his preference for encounters where there is a built-in grudge at play.

“There must always be bad blood,” Kape replied. “Because he comes to take what is mine, you know, and I come to take what is yours, so there is no peace between me and my opponents. There is peace only after the fight, but there is no peace before it; we all want to win.”

Kape described himself as the toughest challenge “The Punisher” will ever face in the Octagon. The Portuguese fighter acknowledged Mokaev's solid technique but was unimpressed by his winning streak, suggesting that the Russian-born Englishman's skill set lacks the depth to truly challenge him.

“He wanted a bigger test. I'm the biggest test of this division, so please, you demand something that they deliver… I can't say he impressed me because it's very difficult for someone to impress me, but he's doing well. I'm not impressed because I see a lot of mistakes that show the difference between an excellent fighter and a championship contender.”

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