Tim Elliott Meets Matheus Nicolau on Oct. 9 UFC Fight Night

By Jay Pettry Jul 29, 2021

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A top-10 spot at flyweight will be on the line for the Ultimate Fighting Championship event on Oct. 9.

On this Oct. 9 UFC Fight Night event inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Tim Elliott (17-11-1) takes on Matheus Nicolau (16-2-1) at 125 pounds, per MMA Fighting on Thursday. The fight has since been confirmed by other outlets.

Former title challenger and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 24 winner Elliott finds himself on his first UFC win streak since his first stint in 2012. Elliott has beaten Ryan Benoit and Jordan Espinosa by decision in his last two appearances, putting an end to a trio of setbacks against Deiveson Figueiredo, Askar Askarov and Brandon Royval. Should the Glory MMA & Fitness product emerge victorious, it will be his first three-fight win streak inside the Octagon.

Nicolau will be also looking to put a win streak together, as he returned to the promotion in March to take a split verdict over Manel Kape. The Brazilian left the organization after four fights from 2015 to 2018, with a head kick knockout loss to Dustin Ortiz spurring Nicolau to move on for some time. A pair of wins over Alan Gabriel dos Santos and Felipe Efrain – the former saw Nicolau pull off a rare Japanese Necktie submission – prompted his return to the promotion, where he tried to face Tagir Ulanbekov on several instances.

The card on Oct. 9 will be of the UFC Fight Night variety, and it will be held in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Serving in the main event is a women’s strawweight tilt between Marina Rodriguez and Mackenzie Dern. Drawing a main card assignment is a heavyweight clash between Alexander Romanov and Jared Vanderaa, while Mariya Agapova will face Sabina Mazo in a battle of 9-2 flyweights.

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