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We have a pivotal fight in the Flyweight division, as David “Undertaker” Dvorak takes on Matheus Nicolau. A winner of sixteen straight, three of which have come in the UFC, Dvorak is on quite the tear. Checking in at 10th in the Flyweight division, Dvorak with a win, could very well be in the title conversation. Meanwhile, Nicolau has made the most of his second UFC stint. Having rattled off back-to-back wins over Manel Kape and Tim Elliott, Nicolau is proving himself to be among the best at Flyweight. Checking in at 8th in the division, Nicolau has a chance to crack the top five and truly announce himself as a legitimate contender.
As for a prediction, I have Nicolau winning. While Dvorak has been a force at Flyweight, I believe he will see his first defeat in nearly ten years. Nicolau is a well rounded fighter, who is ranked in many statistical categories in the Flyweight division. With solid striking, which features volume, power and accuracy, Nicolau can be a handful to deal with on the feet. Having excellent takedown defense, as well as some good wrestling and grappling, Nicolau is championship material. The fact that he beat Kape and Elliott only solidifies that. Being that he is 8th in the rankings and 5-1 in six UFC fights, there is a strong case he could be a fight away from a title shot with a victory. It won’t be entirely easy though, as Dvorak too is well rounded. Winning ten straight fights is hard, let along sixteen. Dvorak is a high output striker, who puts together excellent combinations. While his grappling is good, his takedown defense isn’t impenetrable. It’s an area in which Bruno Silva attacked, landing three takedowns. Something in which I believe Nicolau will mix into his attack, considering the Brazilian has landed at least one takedown in four of his five victories. So with that said, in a competitive fight, give me Nicolau to win via decision.