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UFC Flyweight Manel Kape converts to Islam, changes name

LockerRoom Team
31 January 2024

The dynamic world of UFC is abuzz with the latest headlines, and this time it's not just about hard-hitting action inside the Octagon. Manel Kape, the skilled flyweight fighter, has grabbed attention by not only changing his name but also embracing a new religion. Fans are buzzing with curiosity since the news broke.

Manuel Pedro Gomes, widely known as Manel Kape, hails from Angola and is a professional mixed martial artist competing in the flyweight division. Born on November 14, 1993, in Luanda, Angola, Kape has been a force in the MMA scene since 2012, with previous stints in organizations like Cage Fighters, Knock Out Championship, and the Rizin Fighting Federation. Despite a challenging start in the UFC, facing losses against flyweight champion Alexandre Pantoja and Matheus Nicolau, Kape has since turned the tide, securing an impressive 4-fight victory streak.

What's turning heads is Kape's recent decision to undergo a significant personal transformation by embracing a new religion. The fighter announced on Instagram that he has converted to Islam, marking a profound shift in his beliefs. Alongside this religious transformation, Kape has also chosen a new name for himself. Formerly recognized as Manel Kape, he now goes by the name 'Musa Masha'Allah' following his conversion to Islam.

This revelation has left MMA enthusiasts in shock, witnessing a complete transformation of the fighter. Born in Luanda, Angola, Manel Kape holds dual nationality, also being of Portuguese descent. Before his conversion to Islam, the 6th-ranked UFC flyweight was known to follow the Christian faith.

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The announcement adds a layer of intrigue and personal depth to the profile of Manel Kape, capturing the attention of both fans and the MMA community


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