Matheus Nicolau picked up his biggest to date by edging out Tim Elliott at UFC Vegas 39. The flyweight contender wants to evolve with each outing as he climbs the ranks.
Brazil’s Nicolau is 2-0 since rejoining the UFC this past March, and his victory at UFC Vegas 39 will put him in the division’s top-10 next week.
The 28-year-old has championship aspirations, but he’s not in any rush. Nicolau wants to remain active, while also taking a methodical path towards a title shot.
“I don’t wanna rush things,” Nicolau said in his post-fight interview. “I wanna keep evolving and stuff like that, but as soon as I feel ready I’ll talk with my coaches and everybody. I don’t want to spend a long time without fighting, I’d like to keep a good pace fighting.”
Matheus Nicolau knows the magnitude of a win over Tim Elliott
The streaking flyweight grew up watching his UFC Vegas 39 opponent compete, but he had to put that aside once the octagon door was closed. Nicolau realizes what it means to defeat someone with Elliott’s pedigree.
“While we were fighting I was not thinking anything about that, he was just an opponent, just like any other,” he replied. “But for sure, after the fight and before the fight when they offered it, we thought man this is huge for me, this is huge for my career, and huge for my martial arts.”
Nicolau is accumulating quite an impressive resume with wins over Louis Smolka, Manel Kape, and now Elliott. He believes he has what it takes to reach championship heights in the UFC, and it appears as though he’d like to fight once more by year’s end.