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Nicholas "Nico" Musoke (born April 5, 1986) is a Swedish mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division. He is currently signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[2]

Nicholas Musoke
Born (1986-04-05) April 5, 1986 (age 31)
Botkyrka, Stockholm, Sweden
Other names Nico
Nationality Swedish
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Division Welterweight (2007–present)
Middleweight (2013)
Reach 75.0 in (191 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden
Team Rinkeby Muay Thai
Tristar Gym
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 19
Wins 13
By knockout 4
By submission 5
By decision 4
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 3
No contests 1
Amateur record
Total 1
Losses 1
Other information
Website http://nicomusoke.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Contents

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Musoke began his MMA career as an amateur in 2005 taking on Jasper Gunnarsson in a losing effort via split decision. He then made his pro debut two years later at Shooto Finland against Tomi Hietanen. He won via rear-naked choke in the first round. Nico then won his following three fights ending all of them in the first round with two of them ending in less than 50 seconds.

Musoke suffered his first professional loss at the hands of future BAMMA and UFC fighter Danny Mitchell, via armbar in the second round. He bounced back from the loss with a TKO win over Wiktor Sobczyk at BOB 3.

On June 18, 2011 he took part in a four-man tournament held by On Top Promotions where the winner would leave as the OTP Welterweight champion.[3] In the first fight he suffered his second career loss, this time by decision agianist future Cage Warriors Welterweight Champion and fellow future UFC fighter Cathal Pendred. However, before the final could take place Pendred was forced out due to injury. Musoke took his place and defeated another fellow future UFC fighter in Stevie Ray by submission due to a rear naked choke at the end of the first round to become the OTP Welterweight champion.[4]

Since then Musoke had gone 4-0 (1) in his last 5 fights, including one defense of his OTP-title,[5] before getting the call from the UFC.[6]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Musoke moved to Middleweight to make his UFC debut against long time UFC veteran Alessio Sakara, filling in for the injured Magnus Cedenblad at UFC Fight Night 30.[7] He won the fight in the first round via armbar.[8] He earned Submission of the Night honors.[9]

Musoke dropped back to welterweight and faced Viscardi Andrade on February 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36.[10] Despite being dropped and almost finished in the first round by Andrade, Musoke was able to recover quickly and take control of the fight, rocking Andrade on their feet in round 2 and control the action on the ground in round 3. His performance earned him the unanimous decision victory.[11][12]

On June 28, 2014 Musoke fought Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 44 in San Antonio, Texas.[13] Prior to the fight, Gastelum missed weight by one and three-quarter pounds and forfeited 20% of his fight purse to Musoke.[14] After a good and fairly dominant first round from Musoke, Gastelum rallied to win the next two rounds convincingly resulting in a unanimous decision loss for Musoke.[15]

Musoke was briefly linked to a bout with Amir Sadollah on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53.[16] However, Sadollah was pulled from the pairing with Musoke in favor of a bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama on September 20, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52.[17] Musoke instead faced Alexander Yakovlev.[18] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Musoke faced Albert Tumenov on January 24, 2015 at UFC on Fox 14.[20] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.

After an extended hiatus, Musoke returned to face Bojan Veličković on May 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 109.[21] In a back-and-forth fight, he lost by knockout in the last minute of the third round when Veličković connected with a right hook to the temple, causing Musoke to become wobbled and fall to the ground .[22]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–5 (1) Bojan Veličković KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Teixeira May 28, 2017 3 4:37 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 13–4 (1) Albert Tumenov Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson January 24, 2015 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 13–3 (1) Alexander Yakovlev Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story October 4, 2014 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 12–3 (1) Kelvin Gastelum Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States Catchweight (172.75 lbs) bout; Gastelum missed weight.
Win 12–2 (1) Viscardi Andrade Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi February 15, 2014 3 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
Win 11–2 (1) Alessio Sakara Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz October 26, 2013 1 3:07 Manchester, England Middleweight bout. Submission of the Night.
Win 10–2 (1) Alexander Landaeta Utrera Decision (unanimous) Golden Ring: Wallberg vs. Prazak June 14, 2013 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
NC 9–2 (1) Mickaël Lebout No Contest (judging error) Vision FC 5: Finale December 1, 2012 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden Originally a majority draw; overturned due to a judging error.[27]
Win 9–2 Dean Caldwell TKO (punches) OTP: On Top 5 June 2, 2012 1 3:49 Glasgow, Scotland Defended the OTP Welterweight Championship.
Win 8–2 Kai Puolakka Submission (guillotine choke) Cage 18: Turku March 3, 2012 3 1:39 Turku, Finland
Win 7–2 Olli Jaakko Uitto Decision (unanimous) Cage 16: 1st Defense October 8, 2011 3 5:00 Espoo, Finland
Win 6–2 Stevie Ray Submission (rear-naked choke) OTP: On Top 2 June 18, 2011 1 4:56 Glasgow Scotland Won the OTP Welterweight Championship. OTP Welterweight Tournament Final.
Loss 5–2 Cathal Pendred Decision (unanimous) OTP: On Top 2 June 18, 2011 2 5:00 Glasgow, Scotland OTP Welterweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 5–1 Wiktor Sobczyk TKO (punches) Battle of Botnia 3 December 4, 2010 2 2:08 Umeå, Sweden
Loss 4–1 Danny Mitchell Submission (armbar) Superior Challenge 6 October 29, 2010 2 1:56 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 4–0 Premysl Nemec TKO (punches) Superior Challenge 5 May 1, 2010 1 0:49 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 3–0 Jeppe Fausing KO (punch) Fighter Gala 9 August 30, 2009 1 0:12 Elsinore, Denmark
Win 2–0 Fredrik Klingsell$ Submission (rear-naked choke) The Zone FC 1 February 9, 2008 1 1:16 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 1–0 Tomi Hietanen Submission (rear-naked choke) Shooto Finland: Chicago Collision 3 November 17, 2007 1 3:47 Lahti, Finland

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Gustafsson vs. Johnson". UFC.com. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Nico Musoke - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "OT - On Top 2 Fight card". sherdog.com. 2011-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Mixed night for welterweight champion Musoke at On Top 2". heraldscotland.com. 2011-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Swede Nico Musoke wins in 1st round TKO at On Top 5". mmaviking.com. 2012-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Nico Musoke signed to the UFC, meets Alessio Sakara at UFC FN 30". mmaviking.com. 2013-10-10. 
  7. ^ "Nicholas Musoke meets Alessio Sakara at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester". 
  8. ^ "UFC Fight Night 30 results: Newcomer Nicholas Musoke taps out Alessio Sakara". 
  9. ^ "UFC Fight Night 30 Results: Recapping the Fight Night Bonuses". 
  10. ^ Dan Stupp (2013-11-26). "Viscardi Andrade vs. Nicholas Musoke joins UFC Fight Night 36 fight card in Brazil". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night 36 results: Nicholas Musoke wins decision over Viscardi Andrade". mmamania.com. 2014-02-15. 
  12. ^ "UFC Fight Night 36 results: Nico Musoke survives, thrives against Viscardi Andrade". mmafighting.com. 2014-02-15. 
  13. ^ "Kelvin Gastelum vs Nico Musoke booked for UFC Fight Night in San Antonio". mmajunkie.com. 2014-04-09. 
  14. ^ Staff (2014-06-28). "UFC Fight Night 44 weigh-in results: Headliners on weight, but Gastelum heavy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  15. ^ "UFC Fight Night 44: Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nicholas Musoke full fight video highlights". mmajunkie.com. 
  16. ^ Dave Doyle (2014-07-24). "Amir Sadollah returns from two-year absence, meets Niko Musoke in Sweden". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  17. ^ "Amir Sadollah to forego match against Nico Musoke, tapped to replace Kyle Noke against Yoshihiro Akiyama". insidefights.com. 2014-08-07. 
  18. ^ Staff (2014-08-08). "Alexander Yakovlev replaces Amir Sadollah at UFC Fight Night 53 in Sweden". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  19. ^ "UFC Fight Night 53 results: Nico Musoke sweeps cards to beat Alexander Yakolev". mmajunkie.com. 2014-10-04. 
  20. ^ Staff (2014-10-04). "Nico Musoke vs. Albert Tumenov set for January's UFC on FOX 14 in Stockholm". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-11-13. 
  21. ^ Marcel Dorff (2017-03-31). "Nico Musoke returns after long layoff against Bojan Velickovic in Stockholm". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-03-31. (in Dutch)
  22. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2017-05-28). "UFC Fight Night 109 results: Bojan Velickovic TKOs Nico Musoke in final minute of close fight and he danced to his loss". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  23. ^ "UFC Fight Night 30 Bonuses: Machida, Musoke, Barnatt, Craig earn $50,000 each". sherdog.com. 2013-10-26. 
  24. ^ "OT - On Top 2 results". sherdog.com. 2011-06-18. 
  25. ^ "OT - On Top 5 results". sherdog.com. 2012-06-02. 
  26. ^ "2013 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year: Nico Musoke". mmaviking.com. 2013-12-12. 
  27. ^ Vision 5: Mickael Lebout vs Nicholas Musoke ändrad till en No Contest efter domarfel