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Manel Kape vs Matheus Nicolau Booked for UFC Vegas 21

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UFC Vegas 21 will still contain a marquee flyweight bout, but not the one that was expected. Now, Manel Kape will face Matheus Nicolau on March 13th – replacing Tagir Ulanbekov.

News of this fight’s announcement was first reported Aaron Bronsteter of TSN. It’s since been relayed by other media outlets. Reasons for Ulanbekov’s withdrawal currently remain undisclosed.

Manel Kape Faces Matheus Nicolau at UFC Vegas 21

Manel Kape (15-5, 0-1 UFC) is a former RIZIN bantamweight champ who debuted in the UFC about a month ago. “Starboy” would even probably admit that his performance against Alexandre Pantoja was a bit lackluster. Still, the Angolan native has a ton of talent and he proves to be eager by accepting this fight on short-notice.

Matheus Nicolau (15-2-1, 3-1 UFC) made it to the semifinals of The Ultimate Fighter (Brazil) back in 2015, and officially debuted later that year – winning via Japanese necktie. He’d go on to win two more before suffering his first defeat, which surprisingly resulted in his UFC releasement. Nevertheless, Nicolau is back and a dangerous name to keep and eye on.

In just over a week, Manel Kape will face Matheus Nicolau in a can’t miss flyweight bout. Kape vs Nicolau adds to an already anticipated UFC Vegas 21 card. The full March 13th card is below:

  • Welterweight: Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad
  • Light Heavyweight: Misha Curkinov vs Ryan Spann
  • Middleweight: Eryk Anders vs Darren Stewart
  • Heavyweight: Ben Rothwell vs Phillipe Lins
  • Featherweight: Dan Ige vs Gavin Tucker
  • Featherweight: Jonathan Martinez vs Davey Grant
  • Welterweight: Jason Witt vs Matthew Semelsberger
  • Women’s Strawweight: Jinh Yu Frey vs Gloria de Paula
  • Featherweight: Zubaira Tukhugov vs Ricardo Ramos
  • Bantamweight: Rani Yahya vs Ray Rodriguez
  • Lightweight: Don Madge vs Nasrat Haqparast
  • Featherweight: Charles Jourdain vs Marcelo Rojo
  • Women’s Flyweight: Courtney Casey vs JJ Aldrich
  • Women’s Strawweight: Angela Hill vs Ashley Yoder
  • Flyweight: Manel Kape vs Matheus Nicolau

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