|Born||April 5, 1986|
Botkyrka, Stockholm, Sweden
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Division||Welterweight (2007–2017) |
Middleweight (2013, 2018–present)
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Team||Rinkeby Muay Thai |
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Nicholas "Nico" Musoke (born April 5, 1986) is a Swedish mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division of Swedish promotion Superior Challenge. A professional mixed martial artist since 2007, Musoke has also competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Mixed martial arts career
Musoke began his MMA career as an amateur in 2005 taking on Jasper Gunnarsson in a losing effort via split decision. He then made his pro debut two years later at Shooto Finland against Tomi Hietanen. He won via rear-naked choke in the first round. Nico then won his following three fights ending all of them in the first round with two of them ending in less than 50 seconds.
Musoke suffered his first professional loss at the hands of future BAMMA and UFC fighter Danny Mitchell, via armbar in the second round. He bounced back from the loss with a TKO win over Wiktor Sobczyk at BOB 3.
On June 18, 2011 he took part in a four-man tournament held by On Top Promotions where the winner would leave as the OTP Welterweight champion. In the first fight he suffered his second career loss, this time by decision agianist future Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion and fellow future UFC fighter Cathal Pendred. However, before the final could take place Pendred was forced out due to injury. Musoke took his place and defeated another fellow future UFC fighter in Stevie Ray by submission due to a rear naked choke at the end of the first round to become the OTP Welterweight champion.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Musoke moved to Middleweight to make his UFC debut against long time UFC veteran Alessio Sakara, filling in for the injured Magnus Cedenblad at UFC Fight Night 30. He won the fight in the first round via armbar. He earned Submission of the Night honors.
Musoke dropped back to welterweight and faced Viscardi Andrade on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36. Despite being dropped and almost finished in the first round by Andrade, Musoke was able to recover quickly and take control of the fight, rocking Andrade on their feet in round 2 and control the action on the ground in round 3. His performance earned him the unanimous decision victory.
On June 28, 2014 Musoke fought Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to the fight, Gastelum missed weight by one and three-quarter pounds and forfeited 20% of his fight purse to Musoke. After a good and fairly dominant first round from Musoke, Gastelum rallied to win the next two rounds convincingly resulting in a unanimous decision loss for Musoke.
Musoke was briefly linked to a bout with Amir Sadollah on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53. However, Sadollah was pulled from the pairing with Musoke in favor of a bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama on September 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52. Musoke instead faced Alexander Yakovlev. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
After an extended hiatus, Musoke returned to face Bojan Veličković on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109. In a back-and-forth fight, he lost by knockout in the last minute of the third round when Veličković connected with a right hook to the temple, causing Musoke to become wobbled and fall to the ground .
On September 12, 2018 - over a year after his last fight in the UFC - it was announced that Musoke had signed a contract with his native Superior Challenge and will be moving up to middleweight.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- On Top Promotions
- Nordic MMA Awards - MMAViking.com
- 2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||14 wins||5 losses|
|Win||14-5 (1)||Daniel Acácio||Decision (unanimous)||Superior Challenge 18||December 1, 2018||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||Middleweight bout.|
|Loss||13–5 (1)||Bojan Veličković||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira||May 28, 2017||3||4:37||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||13–4 (1)||Albert Tumenov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson||January 24, 2015||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||13–3 (1)||Alexander Yakovlev||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story||October 4, 2014||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Loss||12–3 (1)||Kelvin Gastelum||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens||June 28, 2014||3||5:00||San Antonio, Texas, United States||Catchweight (172.75 lbs) bout; Gastelum missed weight.|
|Win||12–2 (1)||Viscardi Andrade||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi||February 15, 2014||3||5:00||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Alessio Sakara||Submission (armbar)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||October 26, 2013||1||3:07||Manchester, England||Middleweight bout. Submission of the Night.|
|Win||10–2 (1)||Alexander Landaeta Utrera||Decision (unanimous)||Golden Ring: Wallberg vs. Prazak||June 14, 2013||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden|
|NC||9–2 (1)||Mickaël Lebout||No Contest (judging error)||Vision FC 5: Finale||December 1, 2012||3||5:00||Stockholm, Sweden||Originally a majority draw; overturned due to a judging error.|
|Win||9–2||Dean Caldwell||TKO (punches)||OTP: On Top 5||June 2, 2012||1||3:49||Glasgow, Scotland||Defended the OTP Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||8–2||Kai Puolakka||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage 18: Turku||March 3, 2012||3||1:39||Turku, Finland|
|Win||7–2||Olli Jaakko Uitto||Decision (unanimous)||Cage 16: 1st Defense||October 8, 2011||3||5:00||Espoo, Finland|
|Win||6–2||Stevie Ray||Submission (rear-naked choke)||OTP: On Top 2||June 18, 2011||1||4:56||Glasgow Scotland||Won the OTP Welterweight Championship. OTP Welterweight Tournament Final.|
|Loss||5–2||Cathal Pendred||Decision (unanimous)||OTP: On Top 2||June 18, 2011||2||5:00||Glasgow, Scotland||OTP Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||5–1||Wiktor Sobczyk||TKO (punches)||Battle of Botnia 3||December 4, 2010||2||2:08||Umeå, Sweden|
|Loss||4–1||Danny Mitchell||Submission (armbar)||Superior Challenge 6||October 29, 2010||2||1:56||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||4–0||Premysl Nemec||TKO (punches)||Superior Challenge 5||May 1, 2010||1||0:49||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||3–0||Jeppe Fausing||KO (punch)||Fighter Gala 9||August 30, 2009||1||0:12||Elsinore, Denmark|
|Win||2–0||Fredrik Klingsell||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Zone FC 1||February 9, 2008||1||1:16||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Win||1–0||Tomi Hietanen||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shooto Finland: Chicago Collision 3||November 17, 2007||1||3:47||Lahti, Finland|
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- "Nico Musoke - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved January 25, 2015.
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- "Nicholas Musoke meets Alessio Sakara at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester".
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- Staff (2014-06-28). "UFC Fight Night 44 weigh-in results: Headliners on weight, but Gastelum heavy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
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- Dave Doyle (2014-07-24). "Amir Sadollah returns from two-year absence, meets Niko Musoke in Sweden". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
- "Amir Sadollah to forego match against Nico Musoke, tapped to replace Kyle Noke against Yoshihiro Akiyama". insidefights.com. 2014-08-07.
- Staff (2014-08-08). "Alexander Yakovlev replaces Amir Sadollah at UFC Fight Night 53 in Sweden". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08.
- "UFC Fight Night 53 results: Nico Musoke sweeps cards to beat Alexander Yakolev". mmajunkie.com. 2014-10-04.
- Staff (2014-10-04). "Nico Musoke vs. Albert Tumenov set for January's UFC on FOX 14 in Stockholm". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
- Marcel Dorff (2017-03-31). "Nico Musoke returns after long layoff against Bojan Velickovic in Stockholm". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-03-31.(in Dutch)
- Ben Fowlkes (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Bojan Velickovic TKOs Nico Musoke in final minute of close fight and he danced to his loss". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
- "UFC Fight Night 30 Bonuses: Machida, Musoke, Barnatt, Craig earn $50,000 each". sherdog.com. 2013-10-26.
- "OT - On Top 2 results". sherdog.com. 2011-06-18.
- "OT - On Top 5 results". sherdog.com. 2012-06-02.
- "2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Nico Musoke". mmaviking.com. 2013-12-12.
- Vision 5: Mickael Lebout vs Nicholas Musoke ändrad till en No Contest efter domarfel