Matheus Nicolau didn’t get an easy UFC flyweight debut fight at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.
Instead, officials matched him up with former title contender John Moraga.
And Nicolau came through with flying colors, scoring a decision victory and improving to 12-1-1 in his career.
“I’m very happy with the victory,” Nicolau told reporters afterwards (thanks to MMAjunkie for the quotes). “I came to win, not to put on a good show. I think the show comes together with the win.”
Nicolau admitted that he knows he can “do way better” than his win over Moraga, but gaining a victory vs. a former UFC title challenger was more important on this night.
“He was afraid to throw a lot of punches,” he said of Moraga. “We’re both counter guys, so we know with one mistake, the fight could be over.
“I know I can fight way better than I fought before, but most important was the victory.”