Matheus Nicolau To Make UFC Return Against Tagir Ulanbekov At UFC 257

Matheus Nicolau will make his UFC return on January 23rd, fighting Tagir Ulanbekov at UFC 257. The fight was announced by the UFC on Friday.

The fight joins a pay-per-view card which does not have a location reported for it currently.

Nicolau’s fight will be his first in the UFC since 2018. The Brazilian fighter had a four-fight run in the promotion from 2015 to 2018, putting together three wins and one loss.

Nicolau had a strong year outside the UFC in 2019, picking up two-straight victories. His fight in January is set to be his first in over a year.

He fights Ulanbekov, who won his UFC debut in October, defeating Bruno Silva in a unanimous decision. The win for Ulanbekov came after a strong run on the regional scene, putting together 11 wins and one loss.

UFC 257 is currently scheduled to have a non-championship fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor in the main event. Here’s the updated lineup.

Bout 12: Dustin Poirier (26-6) vs. Conor McGregor (22-4) (Lightweight)

Bout 11: Jessica Eye (15-8) vs. Joanne Calderwood (14-5) (Flyweight)

Bout 10: Khalil Rountree (8-4) vs. Marcin Prachnio (13-5) (Light Heavyweight)

Bout 9: Marina Rodriguez (12-1-2) vs. Amanda Ribas (10-1) (Strawweight)

Bout 8: Brad Tavares (17-6) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (10-4) (Middleweight)

Bout 7: Ottman Azaitar (13-0) vs. Matt Frevola (8-1-1) (Lightweight)

Bout 6: Shane Burgos (13-2) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (12-1-1) (Featherweight)

Bout 5: Andrew Sanchez (12-5) vs. Andre Muniz (20-4) (Middleweight)

Bout 4: Arman Tsarukyan (15-2) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (12-3) (Lightweight)

Bout 3: Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0) vs. Sergey Morozov (16-3) (Bantamweight)

Bout 2: Amir Albazi (13-1) vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-4) (Flyweight)

Bout 1: Tagir Ulanbekov (12-1) vs. Matheus Nicolau (15-2-1) (Flyweight)

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