|Born||Mathues Nicolau Pereira|
January 6, 1993
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)|
|Reach||66 in (168 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Team||Jackson's MMA |
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|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 competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He currently competes in the flyweight 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 his first fight on the show, Nicolau faced Mateus Vasco. He won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke) in the first round.
In the quarterfinals, Nicolau faced off against Reginaldo Vieira. He won the fight via unanimous decision after three rounds.
In the semifinals, Nicolau faced Dileno Lopes. He lost via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Nicolau was expected to face Ulka Sasaki on November 19, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 100. 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.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||13 wins||2 losses|
|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|
|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|
- "Matheus Nicolau - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
- Guilherme Cruz (March 18, 2015). "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4 cast announced". mmafighting.com. Retrieved March 18, 2015.
- Daniel Galvan (2015-04-14). "The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Episode 1 & 2 Recap". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
- Thomas Gerbasi (2015-04-22). "The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Episode 3 Recap". ufc.com. Retrieved 2015-04-22.
- Damon Martin (2015-06-15). "The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4: Episode 11 Recap". ufc.com. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
- Guilherme Cruz (2015-10-07). "'UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3' fight card set for Sao Paulo". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
- Steven Marrocco (2015-11-07). "UFC Fight Night 77 results: Matheus Nicolau chokes out good friend Bruno Korea". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
- Shaun Al-Shatti (2016-05-20). "UFC flyweight John Moraga returns against Matheus Nicolau at TUF 23 Finale". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
- Ben Fowlkes (2015-07-08). "TUF 23 Finale results: New flyweight Matheus Nicolau takes split from ex-title challenger John Moraga". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
- Staff (2016-09-25). "Six additional bouts announced for UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19 in Sao Paulo". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-09-25.
- Staff (2016-11-03). "Flyweight Matheus Nicolau pulled from UFC Fight Night 100 for potential anti-doping violation". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-11-03.
- Dana Becker (2017-09-27). "First three fights announced for UFC 219". fightline.com. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
- "UFC 219 results: Matheus Nicolau swarms and dominates Louis Smolka". MMAjunkie. 2017-12-31. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
- Staff (2018-04-27). "UFC on FOX 30 official for Calgary, eight fights added to lineup". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
- "UFC on FOX 30 results: Dustin Ortiz upsets Matheus Nicolau with big head-kick knockout". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.