Niko Price

The Hybrid

USA

Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 4/1/2022
Potential knee injury in win
WelterweightUFC
Out
October 5, 2021
Price has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending X-rays for a possible left knee injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Price was able to rebound from a three-fight winless streak here in what was statistically a very even fight, but defeating a grizzly veteran like Alex Oliveira often comes at a cost. In this case, it's a potential knee injury that could have Price sidelined until April unless he can get a physician's clearance.
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Gets back on track with victory
WelterweightUFC
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October 2, 2021
Price defeated Alex Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
In a battle between two guys who needed a win in the worst way, it was Price who got it. Just barely. Without a victory in his last three fights (0-2, 1NC), Price started strong and finished strong, which generally makes a good impression on the judges. Price was his usual active self, attempting 167 total strikes compared to 131 from Oliveira, but the two landed at a fairly similar rate, particularly in the significant strike department. There was little separation between the two, but Price did just enough. Price has been trending in the wrong direction for the past couple years, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see that continue considering he's now 32 years old and possesses a one-dimensional brawling style. That said, Price is entertaining to watch and fights frequently, which is valuable to an organization which holds an event most every week.
Looking to bounce back in October
WelterweightUFC
Out
August 24, 2021
Price will face off against Alex Oliveira in a welterweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 2, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Price is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Michel Pereira back in July. That was the second straight bout he has dropped. Oliveira has also dropped his last two fights in the Octagon.
Comeback falls just short
WelterweightUFC
Out
July 10, 2021
Price lost to Michel Pereira via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 264 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Price likely would have won had this fight been scheduled for five rounds, but as is, the judges got it correct. Price clearly dropped each of the first two frames before rebounding in a major way in Round 3. A good portion of Price's success is the result of guts and guile and this one was no exception. He had all sorts of trouble with Pereira until the Brazilian's gas tank hit empty. Price always come in in great shape and his superior conditioning nearly allowed him to make the comeback. Price has quickly developed a reputation as a fan favorite, but he needs to start winning fights. He is winless in his past three (0-2, 1NC) and has just a single victory dating back to March 2019.
Facing Pereira in July
WelterweightUFC
Out
May 27, 2021
Price will take on Michel Pereira in a welterweight bout at the UFC event July 10, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Price was suspended for six months back in December due to a positive marijuana test. That changed his draw against Donald Cerrone back on Sept. 19 to a no contest. Price has just one win in his past four fights, which came against the since-released James Vick. He'll have a major striking volume edge against Pereira, though it will come at a cost, as Price tends to get hit significantly more. The statistical grappling edge lies with Pereira by a sizable margin, however. Price will give up an inch in height, but hold a three-inch reach advantage.
NAC confirms suspension
WelterweightUFC
Out
December 2, 2020
Price has been suspended for six months and fined $8,500 by the NAC for a positive marijuana test, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Price's draw against Donald Cerrone back on Sept. 19 has now been changed to a no contest. He was facing a six-month medical suspension for a hand injury suffered in the fight, but now will not be able to return to the Octagon no matter what until at least March 19, 2021. Price's career record now stands at 13-4 with a pair of NC's.