MMA Sun 2015 Prospect Spotlight – The Flyweights – #4 – Matheus Nicolau

Our number four ranked flyweight this year is Matheus Nicolau.  Matheus is a 21-year old Brazilian who has shown tons of upside.  He ismatheusnicolau-mma-div
Nova Uniao trained fighter, who really looks like a Nova Uniao fighter.  He has a solid 10-1 career record so far. His lone loss was to Pedro Nobre, who he fought when he was 19 years old.  In that fight, he looked pretty good for a while, however he got sucked into some wild exchanges of which Nicolau took the most damage in.  I think the reality is that Nobre was a bit much for Nicolau at that point in time.  I would say, I do not think he was vastly outmatched.  Nicolau could very well become one of Brazil’s top flyweights very soon.

Age is always a big factor in how we rank prospects.  At 21-years old, Nicolau is projected to have more time to improve.  He is already a very good fighter, who could probably compete within the UFC.   Those near him have made some bold comparisons to Jose Aldo.  Nicolau even comes from a soccer background like Aldo.  Andre Pederneiras speaks very highly of Niciolau, which is very telling to me.

He has decent, but not great takedown defense.  Although, there is a noticeable improvement in his takedown defense from fight to fight.  He also have a very good guard.  He is active off of his back and can use his guard to threaten as well as defensively.   Like many of the Nova Uniao guys, he has very good Jiu Jitsu, but he is not a submission stylist or specialist.  He tends to win his fights int he striking department.  He has shown that he has knockout power, even one punch knockout power.

Matheus certainly has plenty of room to improve.  I would like to see him get hit less.  I also think he could have trouble with an elite level wrestler.  The problem is that there is not much more he can do in Brazil.  High level prospects struggle to find willing opponents in Brazil.  Matheus is still young.  He needs experience in the cage.  I would assume that it will not be long and someone like UFC will pick him up.

 

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