Neil “2Tap” Seery will fight for the final time when he takes on Alexandre Pantoja at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to Seery fans. The proud Irishman was contemplating retirement after his last scheduled bout against Ian McCall was cancelled due to the latter’s issues from weight cutting. This fight was then rescheduled to take place in Brooklyn, but this time Seery had to pull out due to a bereavement in the family. He will be looking to finally say farewell after three consecutive fight cancellations.
Seery’s professional MMA record currently stands at 16 wins with 12 losses. He made his UFC debut against Brad Pickett in March 2014, ironically replacing an injured Ian McCall on short notice. On the night “2Tap” gave a good account of himself and although he did not leave with a win, he gained much respect from fellow fighters and fans alike for his performance.
Since making his promotional debut for the UFC, Seery has won three and lost two. His two losses have come to the young and promising Hawaiian, Louis Smolka, and former Flyweight title challenger, Kyogi Horiguchi. Both of whom are highly decorated and respectable fighters in the Flyweight division. Seery will be looking to sign off in style when he takes on Alexandre Pantoja on July 16th from Glasgow’s SSE Arena.
Pantoja has a professional MMA record of 17 wins with just two losses. The Brazilian competed on The Ultimate Fighter Season 24, making it to the semi finals. He made his UFC debut in January of this year where he won via split decision against Eric Shelton. Pantoja trains out of the world renowned Nova Uniao fight team and is a very well rounded adversary. Out of his 17 wins, six have come by way of TKO/KO, six by submission and five by decision. The Brazilian has won ten straight fights and will be looking to make it eleven when he takes on the retiring Seery in Glasgow.
Neil Seery will undoubtedly receive a good reception when he steps into the octagon for the final time on July 16th. The gritty and dogged Dubliner will have the support of the travelling Irish and will most likely be given a warm welcome from the Scottish also. His opponent, Pantoja is fighting outside of the U.S. and Brazil for the first time in his career and it will be interesting to see how he acclimatises to this change. Seery on the other hand has fought in Glasgow before, defeating Paul Marin back in 2013. Can the former Cage Warriors Flyweight champion bid farewell in style? Or will Pantoja ruin the retirement party?