Niko Price
The Hybrid

USA

Facing Pereira in July
WelterweightUFC
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.
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NAC confirms suspension
WelterweightUFC
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.
Possible suspension from NAC
WelterweightUFC
November 4, 2020
Price is facing an extended suspension after testing positive for carboxy THC, a prohibited cannabinoid, John Morgan of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Price was already looking at a six-month medical suspension stemming from a hand injury suffered in his Sept. 19 fight with Donald Cerrone, but it now appears factors other than the injury could keep him on the shelf. Expect a final resolution in December, at which point we should get a better idea of a possible return date for Price. If he does get handed a suspension, he'll have to pass multiple drug screenings prior to his next fight in order to regain his license.
Facing six months on the shelf
WelterweightUFC
September 22, 2020
Price is facing a six-month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission pending clearance of a possible right hand fracture, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Price would have been on track for a victory Saturday against veteran Donald Cerrone, but he was deducted a point due to multiple first-round eye pokes and ultimately fought to a majority draw. He did slow down a bit as the fight carried on, as the third round saw the least (38) of the 150 total significant strikes he was credited with. Perhaps a hand injury had something to do with it, but regardless, he'll be on the sideline until Nov. 4 at the very least.
Point deduction leads to draw
WelterweightUFC
September 19, 2020
Price and Donald Cerrone fought to a majority draw (27-29, 28-28, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It would have been a victory for Price had he not (correctly) been docked a point by referee Jason Herzog in Round 1 for repeated eye pokes. Price started very quickly. He peppered Cerrone in the early going before Cowboy regained the momentum. It was back-and-forth the rest of the way. Price is uber-aggressive and tough as nails, but he simply doesn't defend himself well enough to run off any sort of significant winning streak, and the results reflect that. Price had alternated wins and losses in his previous six bouts prior to Saturday. The soon-to-be 31-year-old figures to continue to see some meaningful bouts in the near future, but Price isn't actually in the title picture at 170 pounds.
To fight Cowboy at UFC 253
WelterweightUFC
August 14, 2020
Price will face Donald Cerrone during UFC 253 on Sept. 19 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Price has split his past four fights and is coming off a loss to Vincente Luque at UFC 249 on May 9. Price is 14-4 with most of his wins coming via KO/TKO (10). Cerrone is coming off of four straight losses, his most recent being to Anthony Pettis on May. 9 during UFC 249. He's 36-15, with most of his wins coming via submission (17).