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Around the weekend at UFC Vegas 21, Matheus Nicolau and Manel Kape battled to a close decision. Nicolau began nicely, utilizing his wrestling to regulate the opening frame. Kape battled back in the 2nd, nonetheless, putting alongside one another mixtures and bullying his opponent about the Octagon.
It all arrived down to the ultimate round, which two of the three judges awarded to Nicolau as Kape stood in disbelief. All 22 media outlets outlined on MMADecisions.com scored the battle for the previous RIZIN champion. Nicolau, however, has re-watched the battle multiple instances and thinks he earned the victory.
“The 3rd round, if you watch it, I conquer him for 4 minutes and he landed two fantastic knees in the close of the round, and I took them effectively, and then I landed a spinning elbow,” Nicolau informed MMAFighting. “Watching the third spherical all 5 moments, it is rather very clear I won, person. He was not landing anything, I was landing, in and out, scoring nicely and hurting him. I kicked his leg and he went down, I landed several punches to the physique, numerous crosses to the head.”
Precisely, Nicolau blames Daniel Cormier for the controversy, pointing out that Cormier and Kape are group mates.
“‘DC’ is from his group, and it seemed cleared to me that he was kind of in his favor, rooting for him,” Nicolau explained. “Man, I conquer him for four minutes, they reported that all through the commentary, ‘Matheus is landing, he came greater in spherical three,’ and then, with a minute left, they start off declaring the combat is vast open. It will make no perception primarily based on their have commentary, I consider it was a tiny contradictory.”
Further than this personal final decision, this is one more illustration of Cormier obtaining some flack for his commentary. Notably, Cormier is nonetheless underneath fire for his supposed bias for Israel Adesanya in his title bout vs. Jan Blachowicz.
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