Matheus Nicolau


Rematch with Kape
November 8, 2023
Nicolau will take on Manel Kape at the UFC event on Jan. 13, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Nicolau and Kape first met back in March of 2021 when Nicolau took the win on a split decision. Nicolau is 3-1 since then with his one loss coming in his last bout in April against Brandon Royval.
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Crushing loss to Brandon Royval
April 15, 2023
Nicolau lost to Brandon Royval via KO (strikes) at 2:09 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 44 on Saturday in Kansas City.
It's an absolutely crushing loss for Nicolau, who entered as a significant -210 favorite. He ducked down a couple minutes into the fight and was greeted by a crushing knee from Royval which set into motion the set of events which ended Nicolau's evening. The Brazilian entered on a six-fight winning streak, with his last defeat prior to this coming against Dustin Ortiz way back in July 2018. Nicolau has a window to recover from this setback considering he turned just 30 years of age in early-January, but it's going to take some time. All three of Nicolau's professional defeats have come via knockout.
Set to face Brandon Royval
February 8, 2023
Nicolau agreed to fight Brandon Royval (wrist) in a flyweight bout at UFC Kansas City on April 15, Marcel Dorff of reports.
Nicolau defeated Matt Schnell in December and has a 4-0 record since he made his UFC debut in March of 2021. Royval is 6-2 in the promotion and also defeated Schnell in his previous bout last May.
Finishes contact with easy win
December 3, 2022
Nicolau defeated Matt Schnell via KO (punches) at 1:44 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 42 on Saturday in Orlando.
In a division with room for immediate advancement, Nicolau is taking full advantage of the opportunity. Schnell was his latest victim. An all-around threat with legitimate power and a quality ground game, Nicolau leaned on his striking in this one. He scored two knockdowns in the brief bout and controlled the pace the entire time, seemingly unafraid of whatever Schnell was going to send back his way. Nicolau revealed in his post-fight interview that this was the last bout on his UFC contract, and he purposely decided to fight out his deal before inking a new one. Wise move. The Brazilian has won four straight with the UFC and looks better than ever. He's going to get paid.
Looking for seventh UFC win
August 4, 2022
Nicolau will take on Matt Schnell at the UFC event Dec. 3, reports.
Nicolau will take an impressive 6-1 record into this fight. He was most recently in the Octagon back in March when he defeated David Dvorak by unanimous decision. Schnell is coming off a submission win in July and holds a 5-5 record with the promotion.
Improves to 6-1 with UFC
March 26, 2022
Nicolau defeated David Dvorak via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.
In a battle of two surging flyweights, it was Nicolau who got his hand raised. It didn't come easy. Nicolau and Dvorak fought to virtually even terms the entire fight. Both men failed on both their takedown attempts, while Dvorak landed 14 more strikes (60-46) than his opponent. Nicolau was responsible for the biggest moment of the fight with a knockdown in Round 2. It was nice to see the Brazilian show off the power in his hands, as each of his victories to this point have come via decision. It's extremely difficult to find fault in Nicolau's 6-1 record in his first seven UFC bouts, but sooner or later he will have to learn how to stop his opposition in order to hang with better competition.