Matheus Nicolau suffers a tough knockout against Alex Perez at UFC Las Vegas 91 and his dream of a belt is postponed

Brazilian succumbs to the power of his rival and ends up defeated in the main fight

Matheus Nicolau (left) fighting in UFC Las Vegas 91. Photo: Disclosure/UFC

In the flyweight elite (up to 56,7kg.) of the largest MMA organization in the world, Matheus Nicolau had postponed his dream of competing for the category title. In the main fight of this Saturday's event (27), the Brazilian succumbed to the power of Alex Perez and ended up the victim of a hard knockout in the Octagon. With a precise blow, the miner 'blacked out' and went to the canvas in the second round.

The result should remove Nicolau from the top 5 in the division led by Alexandre pantoja. Before the clash, the athlete defended fifth place in the group.

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Victorious in the fight, Alex Perez There are plenty of reasons to celebrate. A former title challenger, the fighter, who accepted the fight at the last minute, had accumulated three consecutive defeats and is now returning to the top of the division.

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The fight started with Perez taking the initiative by throwing a front kick. The miner saved his attacks and avoided entering the opponent's range of action. The fight was studied, with both minimizing the chances of error. Halfway through the stage, Alex forced the Brazilian to walk backwards after a combination of jabs, straight shots and hooks to the waistline. Nicolau remained 'shy' in the fight and threw few blows at his opponent. In the final minute, Matheus scared his opponent with a clean straight and cross to the face.

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In the second round, Matheus started to loosen up. The Brazilian scored with jabs and straight shots and forced his opponent to walk backwards. After almost two minutes, Nicolau shook his head after receiving a clean cross to the face. Perez took advantage of the good moment and attacked the miner. Afterwards, the Brazilian 'blacked out', after a precise blow to the chin.

UFC Las Vegas 91 results

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Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): Alex Perez derrotou Matheus Nicolau by knockout at 2m16s of R2

Light heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Bogdan Guskov derrotou Ryan spann by technical knockout at 3m16s of R2

Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): Karina Silva derrotou Ariane da Silva in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-29, 29-28, 29-28)

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Heavy weight (up to 120,2 kg): Jonathan Diniz derrotou austen lane by knockout at 2m12s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): david onama derritiy Jonathan Pearce in the decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Welterweight (up to 77,1 kg): Uros Medic derrotou Tim means by technical knockout at 2m09s of R1

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Bantam weight (up to 61,2 kg): Victor Henry derrotou Rani Yaya by technical knockout at 2m36s of R3

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Austin Hubbard derritiy Michal Figlak in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Heavyweight (up to 120,2 kg): Don'Tale Mayes defeated Caio Machado in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Straw weight (up to 52,1 kg): Ketlen Hot derrotou Marnic Mann in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Chris Padilla finished James Llontop with a rear naked choke at 4m33s of R1

Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): Ivana Petrovic finished Na Liang with a hand triangle at 1m29s ​​from R3

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Maheshate Hayisaer derrotou Gabriel benitez in the judges' split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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