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Matheus Nicolau
Matheus Nicolau
BornMathues Nicolau Pereira
(1993-01-06) January 6, 1993 (age 27)
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Bantamweight (2019-present)
Reach66 in (168 cm)[1]
StyleBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out ofRio de Janeiro, Brazil
TeamJackson's MMA
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2010-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout4
By submission5
By decision6
By knockout2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Matheus Nicolau Pereira, better known as Matheus Nicolau, (born January 6, 1993) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who is currently signed to Future FC and Brave CF. He has also competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently competes in the bantamweight division.


Nicolau began training in various forms of martial arts as a youngster. He then jiu-jitsu as a teenager before transitioning to mixed martial arts in 2010.

Mixed martial arts career

Nicolau made his professional mixed martial arts debut in August 2010 at the age of 17. He compiled a record of 10-1-1, competing primarily for various regional promotions in Brazil before trying out for The Ultimate Fighter in early 2015.

The Ultimate Fighter

In March 2015, it was announced that Nicolau was one of the fighters selected to be on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4.[2]

In his first fight on the show, Nicolau faced Mateus Vasco. He won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke) in the first round.[3]

In the quarterfinals, Nicolau faced off against Reginaldo Vieira. He won the fight via unanimous decision after three rounds.[4]

In the semifinals, Nicolau faced Dileno Lopes. He lost via unanimous decision.[5]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Nicolau made his official debut for the promotion on November 7, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 77 where he faced fellow castmate Bruno Rodrigues.[6] He won the fight submission in the third round.[7]

Nicolau next faced John Moraga on July 8, 2016 at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.[8] He won the fight via split decision.[9]

Nicolau was expected to face Ulka Sasaki on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 100.[10] However Nicolau was pulled from the bout on November 3 after the USADA revealed a potential anti-doping violation from a sample that was taken October 13.[11]

Nicolau faced Louis Smolka on December 30, 2017 at UFC 219.[12] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

Nicolau faced Dustin Ortiz on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[14] He lost the fight via knockout due to a head kick and follow-up punches in the first round.[15]

In February 2019, news surfaced that Nicolau had been released from the UFC.[16]

Post-UFC career

After the release from the UFC, Nicolau signed with Brazilian mixed martial arts promotion Future FC where he fights in the bantamweight division.[17] In his promotional debut he faced Alan Gabriel at Future FC 5 on May 24, 2019. He won the fight via anaconda choke.[18]

In August 2019, it was also announced that Nicolau had signed with Brave CF, making his promotional debut against Felipe Efrain at Brave CF 25 on August 31, 2019. Nicolau won the fight via unanimous decision.

In February 2020, news surfaced that Nicolau will be participating in Brave CF Flyweight tournament. In the initial round Nicolau was expected to face Jose Torres at Brave CF 35 on March 28, 2020.[19] However, the event has been postponed until a to-be-determined date due to the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic [20]

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 15 wins 2 losses
By knockout 4 2
By submission 5 0
By decision 6 0
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15-2-1 Felipe Efrain Decision (unanimous) Brave CF 25 August 30, 2019 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Win 14-2-1 Alan Gabriel Submission (anaconda choke) Future FC 5: Alves vs. Ramos May 24, 2019 1 1:18 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Return to Bantamweight.
Loss 13-2-1 Dustin Ortiz KO (head kick and punches) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 1 3:49 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 13-1-1 Louis Smolka Decision (unanimous) UFC 219 December 30, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12-1-1 John Moraga Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Joanna vs. Team Cláudia Finale July 8, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11-1-1 Bruno Mesquita Submission (Japanese necktie) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 November 7, 2015 3 3:27 São Paulo, Brazil Bantamweight bout.
Win 10-1-1 Derinaldo Guerra da Silva KO (punch) Shooto Brazil 49 August 24, 2014 2 4:35 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 9-1-1 Pedro Arruda KO (punch) Brazil Fight 8 June 6, 2014 1 2:49 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Win 8-1-1 Vanderlei Carvalho Leite Decision (unanimous) Shooto Brazil 45 December 20, 2013 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 7-1-1 Pedro Nobre TKO (punches) Bitetti Combat 13 December 9, 2012 1 3:11 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bitetti Combat Flyweight Tournament Final.
Win 7-0-1 Denison Silva Decision (unanimous) Bitetti Combat 13 December 9, 2012 2 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Bitetti Combat Flyweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 6-0-1 Larry Passos Vargas KO (punches) Brasil Fight 6 September 21, 2012 3 4:09 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Win 5-0-1 Gilberto Dias Decision (unanimous) Shooto Brazil 31 June 29, 2012 3 5:00 Brasília, Brazil
Win 4-0-1 Michael Daboville Submission (triangle choke) Lions FC 2 March 12, 2012 1 N/A Neuchatel, Switzerland
Win 3-0-1 Damien Pighiera Submission (arm-triangle choke) Lions FC October 15, 2011 2 4:26 Neuchatel, Switzerland
Draw 2-0-1 Larry Passos Vargas Decision (unanimous) Brazil Fight 5 September 3, 2011 3 5:00 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Win 2-0 Fernando Silva TKO (doctor stoppage) Brazil Fight 4 April 9, 2011 2 N/A Nova Lima, Brazil
Win 1-0 Pedro Alves Chalita Submission (rear-naked choke) Pedro Leopoldo Extreme Fight August 7, 2010 1 1:35 Pedro Leopoldo, Brazil

Mixed martial arts exhibition record

Professional record breakdown
3 matches 2 wins 1 loss
By knockout 0 0
By submission 1 0
By decision 1 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2-1 Dileno Lopes Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 June 14, 2015 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 Semifinals round
Win 2-0 Reginaldo Vieira Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 April 21, 2015 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 Quarterfinals round
Win 1-0 Mateus Vasco Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 April 14, 2015 (airdate) 1 3:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 Entry round

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Matheus Nicolau - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Guilherme Cruz (March 18, 2015). "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 cast announced". Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Daniel Galvan (2015-04-14). "The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Episode 1 & 2 Recap". Retrieved .
  4. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2015-04-22). "The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Episode 3 Recap". Retrieved .
  5. ^ Damon Martin (2015-06-15). "The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4: Episode 11 Recap". Retrieved .
  6. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2015-10-07). "'UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3' fight card set for Sao Paulo". Retrieved .
  7. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-11-07). "UFC Fight Night 77 results: Matheus Nicolau chokes out good friend Bruno Korea". Retrieved .
  8. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2016-05-20). "UFC flyweight John Moraga returns against Matheus Nicolau at TUF 23 Finale". Retrieved .
  9. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-07-08). "TUF 23 Finale results: New flyweight Matheus Nicolau takes split from ex-title challenger John Moraga". Retrieved .
  10. ^ Staff (2016-09-25). "Six additional bouts announced for UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19 in Sao Paulo". Retrieved .
  11. ^ Staff (2016-11-03). "Flyweight Matheus Nicolau pulled from UFC Fight Night 100 for potential anti-doping violation". Retrieved .
  12. ^ Dana Becker (2017-09-27). "First three fights announced for UFC 219". Retrieved .
  13. ^ "UFC 219 results: Matheus Nicolau swarms and dominates Louis Smolka". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-31. Retrieved .
  14. ^ Staff (2018-04-27). "UFC on FOX 30 official for Calgary, eight fights added to lineup". Retrieved .
  15. ^ "UFC on FOX 30 results: Dustin Ortiz upsets Matheus Nicolau with big head-kick knockout". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved .
  16. ^ Mike Bohn (February 2, 2019). "UFC champ Henry Cejudo discouraged by 'scary' state of flyweight division".
  17. ^ Guilherme Cruz (April 4, 2019). "UFC veteran Matheus Nicolau signs with Future FC and fans will decide debut date and opponent".
  18. ^ Farah Hannoun (August 2, 2019). "UFC vet Matheus Nicolau to fight Felipe Efrain at Brave CF 25 in Brazil".
  19. ^ Jose Youngs (February 8, 2020). "Brave CF holds flyweight tournament to crown inaugural champion".
  20. ^ Guilherme Cruz (March 19, 2020). "BRAVE CF won't pay fighters for events postponed during coronavirus pandemic".

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