Tape rankings @ Flyweight
Who won Nicolau vs Kape?
Matheus Nicolau beat Manel Kape by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC Vegas 21, on Saturday 13th March 2021 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Matheus Nicolau.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 125 pounds (8.9 stone or 56.7 KG).
Nicolau vs Kape stats
Matheus Nicolau stepped into the ring with a record of 15 wins, 2 loses and 1 draw, 4 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Manel Kape made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Kape had a massive power advantage over Nicolau, boosting at 60% knock out percentage over Nicolau's 27%.
Matheus Nicolau was the older man by 1 year, at 29 years old.
Nicolau had a height advantage of 1 inch over Kape. Despite this, Kape had 2-inch reach advantage.
Nicolau was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2010, 1 year and 9 months earlier than Kape, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 2 less professional rounds, 47 to Kape's 49.
Nicolau vs Kape form
Manel Kape had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Alexandre Pantoja at UFC Vegas 18 on 6th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Kai Asakura at RIZIN 20 on 31st December 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their Rizin Bantamweight championship fight at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Going into that contest, he had beat Takeya Mizugaki at RIZIN 18 on 18th August 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Dolphins Arena, Nagoya.
Before that, he had won against Seiichiro Ito at RIZIN 15 on 21st April 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Yokohama Arena, Yokohama.
He had been beaten by Ulka Sasaki at RIZIN 14 on 31st December 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
Kape's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.