Rodrigo Nascimento
Ze Colmeia

Brazil

Submission win in UFC debut
HeavyweightUFC
May 16, 2020
Nascimento defeated Don'Tale Mayes via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:05 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Making his UFC debut, Nascimento made a concerted effort to try to take advantage of his opposition's greatest weakness. It worked. Recognizing Mayes' inability to compete on the mat, Nascimento went out of his way to try to drag this fight to the ground. He was eventually able to do so in the early stages of Round 2, and the submission quickly followed. A win over Mayes tells us less than nothing regarding Nascimento's future potential, but the Brazilian has the reputation of being a strong mat specialist, and that was on full display on Saturday.
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New date for debut
HeavyweightUFC
April 30, 2020
Nascimento will now take on Don'Tale Mayes at a UFC Fight Night event in Jacksonville on May 16, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Nascimento is an undefeated, 27-year-old prospect who earned a UFC contract via Dana White's Contender series last July. He was supposed to debut against Mayes at UFC Portland on April 11, but that turned out to be one of several events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nascimento has earned five of his seven pro victories via submission, and will draw an opponent in Mayes who was submitted for the first time in his career by Ciryl Gane last October. It wasn't necessarily poor submission defense that led to this loss, however, as Gane had out-worked Mayes on the feet for the better part of three rounds before setting up a heel hook in the closing moments of the bout.
Tabbed for UFC debut in April
HeavyweightUFC
February 8, 2020
Nascimento will face Don'Tale Mayes in a heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night on April 11 in Portland, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nascimento earned a contract via Dana White's Contender Series in July but has yet to make his UFC debut. Mayes was also on the Contender Series but made his debut in October and lost to Ciryl Gane via submission (heel hook) in Round 3.
Gets contract in first DWTNCS bout
HeavyweightUFC
July 31, 2019
Nascimento defeated Michal Martinek via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:16 of Round 1 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He was one of four fighters awarded a UFC contract following the event.
ANALYSIS
Nascimento is undefeated in seven professional fights, and this was his sixth that was wrapped up in the first round. After a brief exchange on the feet to begin the fight, Martinek went for a takedown, which was stuffed and reversed immediately by Nascimento. From there, the Brazilian worked his ground striking while advancing position up until securing the choke. It almost seems as if awarding the 26-year-old a contract was a foregone conclusion, as Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports that the promotion already has a fight lined up for Nascimento in August.