24-Year-Old UFC Flyweight 11-2-1
October 1, 2017 Matheus Nicolau News
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Nicolau will face Louis Smolka in a flyweight fight at UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
Nicolau has been suspended since testing positive for anastrozole prior to his matchup with Yuta Sasaki in November last year. Since then, the former bantamweight has served his time and is set to get back into the Octagon. The Brazilian was riding a five-fight winning streak including a split decision victory over John Moraga prior to his suspension. Nicolau is 12-1 overall (2-0 UFC).
Matheus Nicolau: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Fantasy AnalysisNicolau was scheduled to fight Ukla Saskai on Nov. 19 in Sao Paolo, but UFC is working to find a replacement for him. UFC reported a potential doping violation on an Oct. 13 sample, leading to the provisional suspension. Nicolau had scored two straight victories.
Fantasy AnalysisNicolau started fast in his UFC debut, but he had a lousy second round before picking up the pace in round three. The finish came when Korea suddenly left his neck exposed after a rather dull exchange on the ground and the fight was over moments later. All in all, it was a pretty nice UFC debut for the young Brazilian.