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Lightweight Division



Nikolas Motta

Lightweight Division

14-5-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


First Round Finishes

Nikolas Motta

athlete record


Learn more about Nikolas Motta's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Place of Birth
Governador Valadares, Brazil
Trains at
Xtreme Couture - Las Vegas, NV
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Sep. 18, 2021
Leg reach
  • Team Anderson on TUF Brazil 4

  • Has won five of his last eight (5-2, 1 NC)

  • 10 wins by KO

  • Eight first-round finishes

  • Holds 2018 KO win over UFC vet Joe Solecki

UFC Fight Night (1/13/24) Motta stopped Tom Nolan via strikes at 1:03 of the first round 

UFC Fight Night (11/18/23) Motta’s bout with Trey Ogden was ruled a no contest at 3:11 of the third round due to a premature stoppage

UFC on ESPN (6/17/23) Motta was knocked out by Manuel Torres at 1:50 of the first round 

UFC Fight Night (9/17/22) Motta stopped Cameron VanCamp via strikes at 3:49 of the first round 

UFC Fight Night (2/19/22) Motta was stopped by Jim Miller via strikes at 1:58 of the second round


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 4

Episode nine (11/10/20) Motta won a three round unanimous decision over Joseph Lowry


The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4

On episode six (Quarterfinals), Motta was submitted by Glaico Franca via rear naked choke in the second round

On episode two, Motta won a three round unanimous decision over Alexandre Cidade

When and why did you start training for fighting? 13 years old. 

What ranks and titles have you held? Cage Fury lightweight champion

Do you have any heroes? Jesus Christ

What would it mean for you to fight in the UFC? My whole life, all I do is for this. It means my life.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I had the option to go and my family wanted me to go, but I choose to chase my dream.

What was your job before you started fighting? I’ve always been training and fighting since I was a kid. And I left home after high school to be a pro MMA fighter. 

Favorite grappling technique: Submission 

Favorite Striking technique: KO