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"The Gun"

18-6-0

Diego Nunes

Diego "The Gun" Nunes

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  • Name: Diego Nunes
  • Professional MMA Record: 18-6-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Gun
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1982.11.30
  • Last Fight: February 28, 2014 in BFC
  • Weight Class: Featherweight | Last Weigh-In: 144.3 lbs
  • Affiliation: XGym
  • Height: 5'6" (168cm) | Reach: 65.0" (165cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $147,000 USD
  • Born: Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Los Angeles, California
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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Diego Nunes began his MMA career in May 2004, when he defeated Jorge Velho Santos by TKO. After his first victory, Nunes started a string of ten straight victories all in the first round, winning both by knockout and by submission. After finishing Marcelo Franca at Shooto: Brazil 8, Nunes had the opportunity to fight outside of Brazil after attracting the attention of American promotions.

WEC

Nunes signed with the Zuffa-owned WEC and compiled a solid 4-1 record and his only loss coming by way of decision to wrestler L.C. Davis. All of his WEC fights were contested at featherweight, with his biggest win coming as a slight upset over then better-known Raphael Assuncao via split decision.

UFC

When Zuffa decided to fold the WEC's lighter weight classes into the UFC, Nunes came along to the organization, making his debut against Mike Brown on January 1, 2011 at UFC 125. He won the preliminary-card fight via split decision, notching the victory over the former divisional champion and setting himself up for a high-profile match with new 145 pound contender Kenny Florian, who had just dropped down from 155 pounds.  Nunes lost a close fight, getting outpointed by the veteran Florian but badly rocking the American at the end of the 3rd round and earning respect as a tough opponent in the process. Nunes rebounded from the loss with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Gamburyan at UFC 141, but then a loss to German striker Dennis Siver a few months later. He bounced back with a Fight of the Night victory over Bart Palaszewski before losing to Nik Lentz. Following the loss he was cut from the UFC.


All of Nunes' UFC and WEC bouts have gone the distance. As a fighter he has never been stopped, but also has been unable to notch a submission or KO/TKO victory yet in the major leagues of MMA.


Following his release from the UFC it was later announced that Nunes had signed a deal with Bellator. He would drop his first two fights for the promotion to Patricio Freire and Matt Bessette.

Last updated 04.02.2014, 2:51 PM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Matt Bessette
Ref: Kevin MacDonald
Bellator 110: Rampage vs. M'Pumbu
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 145 lbs
2014.02.28
Odds: -300 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 144.25 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:19 Round 1 of 3
Patricio Freire
Ref: John McCarthy
Bellator 99: Nunes vs. Pitbull
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 145 lbs
2013.09.13
Odds: +200 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Nik Lentz
Ref: Dan Miragliotta
UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2013.01.19
Odds: -150 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Bart Palaszewski
Ref: Daryl Guthmiller
UFC on FX 5: Browne vs. Silva
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2012.10.05
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $72,000 ($16K Base, $16K Bonus, $40K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
UFC on FX 5 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Dennis Siver
Ref: Marc Goddard
UFC on FUEL TV 2: Silva vs. Gustafsson
Main Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2012.04.14
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Manny Gamburyan
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2011.12.30
Odds: -230 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 ($12K Base, $12K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Manny Gamburyan UFC 135 2011.09.24
Reason: Gamburyan Shoulder Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Kenny Florian
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 131: Carwin vs. Dos Santos
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2011.06.11
Odds: +195 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $12,000 Base | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Bryan "Braille" Winchester - Blessed Man
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Mike Brown
Ref: Yves Lavigne
UFC 125: Resolution
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2011.01.01
Odds: +190 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Tyler Toner
Ref: Eric Heinz
WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2010.09.30
Odds: -150 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Raphael Assuncao
WEC 49: Varner vs Shalorus
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2010.06.20
Odds: +165 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
L.C. Davis
Ref: Kim Winslow
WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2009.11.18
Odds: -183 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $5,000 Base | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Rafael Dias
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2009.08.09
Odds: -438 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $8,000 ($4K Base, $4K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Cole Province
Ref: Yves Lavigne
WEC 37: Torres vs Tapia
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs
2008.12.03
Odds: -179 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 146.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke Marcelo Franca Shooto Brazil 2008.08.30
Win | KO/TKO | Kick Henrique Mello TFC 3 2007.05.02
Win | Submission | Choke Luciano Dos Santos Santa Catarina Regional 2006.09.16
Win | Submission | Armlock Jetron Azevedo Storm Samurai 2006.01.28
Win | Submission | Choke Piri Piri FF 2005.11.26
Win | Submission | Choke Einstein Santana BF 2005.05.29
Win | KO/TKO Jorge dos Santos Velho GP 2005.03.19
Win | KO/TKO Giovani Diniz PFC 3 2005.01.31
Win | Submission | Choke Lindomar Silva GP 2004.10.28
Win | KO/TKO Michel Michel GP 2004.07.18
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Jorge dos Santos Velho CFC 2004.05.15

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