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Matheus Nicolau

25-Year-Old     UFC     Flyweight     12-2-1

Birthdate:  January 6, 1993    Height:  5'6    Weight:  Flyweight    

December 30, 2017    Matheus Nicolau News

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RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

Nicolau defeated Louis Smolka via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25) at UFC 219 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Sidelined for more than a year due to a USADA violation, Nicolau made up for lost time by battering an overmatched Smolka. The Brazilian landed three knockdowns, three takedowns, and was in firm control the entire way. The only blemish of an otherwise flawless performance was the fact that Nicolau seemed to slow down considerably during the second half of the fight. If he can that issue straightened out, he is a forced to be reckoned with in a thin flyweight division.

Matheus Nicolau: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Nicolau will face Louis Smolka in a flyweight fight at UFC 219 on December 30 in Las Vegas, Guilherme Cruz of reports.

Fantasy Analysis

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).
Nicolau is out of UFC Fight Night 100 for a potential anti-doping violation, reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Nicolau 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.
Nicolau defeated Bruno Korea via submission (guillotine) at 3:27 of Round 3 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Sao Paulo.

Fantasy Analysis

Nicolau 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.