A massive top-10 Flyweight rematch has just been announced. Matheus Nicolau will fight Manel Kape on January 13th, 2024, at UFC Fight Night 234 inside the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada, per Marcel Dorff.
This bout takes place in the Flyweight (125 lbs) division.
Matheus Nicolau is ranked #6 in the Flyweight division and holds a professional record of 19-3-1 (7-2 UFC), with credible wins over Manel Kape, Matt Schnell, and Tim Elliott.
Manel Kape holds a professional record of 19-6 (4-2 UFC) and is ranked #8 in the Flyweight division. He holds notable victories over Ode Osbourne, David Dvořák, and Felipe dos Santos.
Official odds have yet to be released.
Matheus Nicolau is coming off a crucial loss to Brandon Royval. The Brazillian was caught early in the fight with a knee, leading to his first loss since 2018. The fight was an unofficial title eliminator, so with that victory, Nicolau would've been fighting for a title next. Instead, he draws Manel Kape, who he defeated in 2021 via a razor-thin split decision, with fans torn on who the actual winner should've been. He now has the opportunity to get a statement win over Kape and draw a top-5 opponent next.
Kape has a rough start in the UFC, but now, the losses have aged like a fine win. "Starboy" lost his debut in 2021 to the now Flyweight Champion Alexandre Pantoja via decision and then lost his next matchup by split decision to Nicolau, which many fans believed should've gone his way. But since then, he's won four straight with two finishes. His last fight was a Fight of The Night war against Felipe Dos Santos, where Kape showcased his technical striking and evasion skills, making Dos Santos miss over 2/3rds of his punches. Now, he looks to get a big win over Nicolau and march into the top-5 of the Flyweight rankings.
This is an excellent fight in the Flyweight division, with the winner likely drawing a huge fight next. So, as a member of the Verdict Community, let us know your prediction in the comments below.