Nikolas Motta Has An ‘Old School Mentality’

At the very least, that attitude usually results in some job security, but with the competition for roster spots in the 155-pound weight class as brutal as ever, Motta knows that he needs to win, as well as entertain, to keep moving forward. And he feels that after being a ronin of sorts over the years, with head coach Ray Sefo, jiu-jitsu coach Jake Shields, and the rest of the Xtreme Couture crew in Vegas, he’s finally put together the winning combination he needs.

“On the east coast, I was living half of my life inside of my car,” he laughs. “But in Vegas, everything’s close.”

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Including the APEX, where he expects to end the year with his hand raised. Even if he has to show a different side of himself to do so. But don’t worry, he’ll still have that “Brazilian disease” ready to go at a moment’s notice.
“I think now it’s at a point that I have to win the fight,” Motta said. “I have to do whatever I have to do to win and I have to be smart. But, for me, it’s like my coach says, it’s almost impossible for me to be boring. Even if I won by decision, I’m always going to be nice to watch because it’s just the style I have.”

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