Louis Smolka got off to a fast start in his UFC career, going 5-1 to improve his overall MMA record to 11-1. Unfortunately for Smolka, he dropped his last three fights following that promising start. He’ll have a chance to rebound here against 12-1-1 Matheus Nicolau, who is coming off his biggest win against John Moraga and is undefeated in the UFC.
Round 1. Nicolau has some success with his boxing early. He drops Smolka with a hook and follows to the ground. Smolka gets back to his feet but is dropped again with a two-punch combination. Nicolau looks for an arm triangle choke on the ground. Smolka gets out and returns to his feet, where he eats a knee. Nicolau hurt Smolka again with a left hook. He then drops Smolka with an additional punch. That was a completely one-sided round. 10-8 Nicolau.
Round 2. Nicolau hurts Smolka again with a left hook that Smolka never seems to see coming. The fighters continue to kickbox, with Nicolau continuing to land the more telling blows. Smolka, to his credit, continues to move and work. 10-9 Nicolau.