UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad- Manel Kape vs Matheus Nicolau: Prediction and Analysis

Published 03/12/2021, 4:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 05: Manel Kape of Angola poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on February 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Leon Edwards will fight Belal Muhammad in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 187 card this weekend at UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas. There are some other fun fights throughout the card as well. Rising star, Manel Kape, will fight Matheus Nicolau in an exciting flyweight match-up on the main card.

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Kape, a former RIZIN FF fighter, made his UFC debut against Alexandre Pantoja in February. Though Kape lost the bout by unanimous decision, one might argue there were times in that fight where the Angolan fighter showed promise.

He could very well have won the fight had he made the most of the opportunities in favor of him. It was a good performance overall from the newcomer against an established flyweight contender like Pantoja.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: (R-L) Manel Kape of Angola punches Alexandre Pantoja of Brazil in their flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The Brazilian, Nicolau, hasn’t competed since his 2019 decision win over Felipe Efrain. He will look to make a mark upon his return to the Octagon. The fight against Kape will be Nicoalu’s seventh UFC fight.

Manel Kape and Matheus Nicolau in numbers

Kape has a professional record of 15-5. Out of his 15 wins, 14 (9 T/KO and 5 submissions) have come by finishes. The fighter who trains out of the famous AKA Thailand academy has never been finished by strikes in his professional career.

Nicolau, a promising Jackson-Wink MMA fighter, has a professional record of 15-2. The 28-year-old has 4 T/KO and 5 submission wins under his belt. Both his losses have come via T/KO, and his previous defeat came via a head kick knockout at the hands of Dustin Ortiz.

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Nicolau has a questionable chin and that can be a cause of his downfall in the flyweight division, especially against a recognized striker against Kape. ‘Prodigio’ will look to start the fight fast and wear on Nicolau, who will be expected to take some time to clear the cobwebs of his recent Octagon inactivity.

This will be a great time for Kape to capitalize. And judging by his pedigree to put people to sleep, we pick Manel ‘Prodigio’ Kape to earn a knockout win over Matheus Nicolau in this exciting flyweight bout.

Final Prediction: Manel Kape by knockout.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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