Diego Nunes defeats Manvil Gamburyan by Unanimous Decision. All three judges scored the fight 29-28.
The fight started with Manny Gamburyan stalking Diego Nunes around the cage. It was Nunes who found early success with strikes . Manny attempted a takedown attempt but failed when Nunes stuffed it and created distance. He made a second attempt for a double leg and it looked like Nunes had a guillotine but Gamburyan clinched the body and got a slam against the fence. Nunes stood up when Manny attempted a guard pass. A digging leg kick landed for Nunes that had Gamburyan wincing. Nunes came forward with a combination and finished it with another leg kick. Those already created some issues for Gamburyan’s movement. With 20 seconds left Nunes landed a spinning back kick to the body. Gamburyan was unable to figure out the distance to fight on the inside as the first round came to a close.
Manny closed the distance early as the second round opened landing an overhand right. Nunes responded with a springing knee but was unable to find the correct distance. Gamburyan stunned Nunes with an overhand but was unable to follow up with Nunes backing away. Nunes cleared his head but Manny was quick to clinch up and look for a takedown. Nunes created distance and landed another spinning back kick. Manny’s left leg is showing signs of damage from all those leg kicks that Nunes has been landing. Manny grabs a single leg and drags Nunes to the ground. Manny begins to work from half guard and landing punches to the face of Diego Nunes. Manny sets up a choke and looks to step out of the half guard to mount. Gamburyan calls to the ref that Nunes is grabbing his fingers to break the choke which is illegal. Nunes stands and lands a huge knee from the clinch. Gamburyan looks for the judo throw but can’t complete it. The round ends with both men swinging but not connecting.
The final round began with Gamburyan taking the center of the cage and landing a right hand that Nunes walked through. Nunes circled and had control of the center landing several kicks to Gamburyan’s left leg. Nunes landed more leg kicks to Gamburyan’s left leg who still hasn’t checked any of them. Nunes goes high with a kick and Gamburyan defends it with his arms. Nunes landed a kick low and Steve Mazzigatti called time. With 30 seconds left Manny started head hunting to set up a takedown. The fight ends with them clinched against the fence.
Diego Nunes entered the fight 1-1 in the UFC and 16-2 in his career. With the win he improves to 2-1 in the UFC and 17-2 overall. Manny Gamburyan drops to 11-7 overall and 2-5 in the UFC with the majority of those fights in the lightweight division.
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