Manel Kape vs. Matheus Nicolau scratched from UFC Fight Night 234 after big weight miss


The rematch between Manel Kape and Matheus Nicolau won’t happen Saturday at UFC Fight Night 234, after all.

After Kape (19-6 MMA, 4-2 UFC) missed weight by 3.5 pounds for his scheduled flyweight co-headliner against Nicolau (19-4-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, the bout was called off.

UFC officials announced the news Friday after it has previously claimed Nicolau had agreed to accept a 25 percent fine of Kape’s purse and the bout would go on.

The cancellation continues a difficult trend for Kape in recent years. He’s had eight fights called off since making his octagon debut in February 2021, with only six fights taking place.

He was attempting to avenge a unanimous decision loss from March 2021 against Nicolau, but now it will have to wait.

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