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Diego Nunes

Diego "The Gun" Nunes

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  • Name: Diego Nunes
  • MMA Record: 22-7-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Gun
  • Current Streak: 3 Wins
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1982.11.30
  • Last Fight: December 18, 2017 in RXF
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 145.1 lbs
  • Affiliation: Evolução Thai MMA
  • 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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  • Europe Nordic

    Europe Nordic

    updated Mon Jan 15 07:16:23 2018
    #5
    Diego Nunes is the 5th ranked of 63 active Nordic Pro Lightweights.
    Also ranked at: Featherweight (4th)

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Diego Nunes MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Choke
4:45 Round 3 of 3, 14:45 Total

Ro Corneliu Rotaru Lascar
21-7-0 2-2-0

Ro RXF 29: MMA Allstars 4
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 154 lbs

2017.12.18
Referee: Catalin Otelea
Win | Submission | Choke
Round 2 of 3

Se Michel Ersoy
20-7-0 6-3-0

Se Superior Challenge 16
Main Card | Title Match | Featherweight | 146 lbs

2017.12.02
Cancelled Bout Maicon Miler Aspera FC 58 2017.11.04
Cancelled Bout Maicon Miler Aspera FC 58 2017.11.04
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:25 Round 1 of 3

Ro Radu Mihatu
19-7-0 1-4-0

It Magnum FC 2
Main Event | Lightweight | 154 lbs

2017.07.22
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:45 Round 1 of 3

Ru Rasul Mirzaev
19-6-0 16-0-0

Ru Fight Nights Global 51: Dagestan
Co-Main Event | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2016.09.25
Weigh-In: 145.1 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Alexander Sidorin
Cancelled Bout Ricardo Tirloni Arena Tour 4 2014.12.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:51 Round 2 of 3, 6:51 Total

No Joachim Hansen
18-6-0 23-12-1

Se Superior Challenge 11
Main Event | Vacant Title | Featherweight | 145

2014.11.29
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Matt Bessette
18-5-0 12-4-0

Us Bellator 110: Rampage vs. M'Pumbu
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 145 lbs

2014.02.28
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 144.3 lbs (65.4 kgs) | Referee: Kevin MacDonald
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:19 Round 1 of 3

Br Patricio Freire
18-4-0 18-2-0

Us Bellator 99: Nunes vs. Pitbull
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 145 lbs

2013.09.13
Odds: +200 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Nik Lentz
18-3-0 22-5-2

Br UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2013.01.19
Odds: -150 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Pl Bart Palaszewski
17-3-0 36-15-0

Us 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 (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Daryl Guthmiller
UFC on FX 5 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

De Dennis Siver
17-2-0 19-8-0

Se 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 (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Am Manny Gamburyan
16-2-0 11-6-0

Us 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 (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Cancelled Bout Manny Gamburyan UFC 135 2011.09.24
Reason: Gamburyan Shoulder Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Kenny Florian
16-1-0 13-5-0

Ca 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 (65.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy | Walkout Music: Bryan "Braille" Winchester - Blessed Man
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Mike Brown
15-1-0 24-6-0

Us 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 (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Tyler Toner
14-1-0 11-1-0

Us WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.09.30
Odds: -150 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 145.0 lbs (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Eric Heinz
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Raphael Assunção
13-1-0 15-2-0

Ca WEC 49: Varner vs Shalorus
Preliminary Card | Featherweight | 145 lbs

2010.06.20
Odds: +165 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 144.0 lbs (65.3 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us L.C. Davis
13-0-0 14-2-0

Us 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 (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Rafael Dias
12-0-0 12-5-1

Us 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 (65.8 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Cole Province
11-0-0 5-0-0

Us 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 (66.2 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Marcelo França

Br Shooto Brazil

2008.08.30
Win | KO/TKO | Kick

Br Henrique Mello

Br Rio de Janeiro Regional

2007.05.02
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Luciano dos Santos

Br Santa Catarina Regional

2006.09.16
Win | Submission | Armlock

Br Jetron Azevedo

Br Storm Samurai

2006.01.28
Win | Submission | Choke

Piri Piri

Br Santa Catarina Regional

2005.11.26
Win | Submission | Choke

Einstein Santana

Br Brazil Regional

2005.05.29
Win | KO/TKO

Jorge dos Santos Velho

Br Brazil Regional

2005.03.19
Win | KO/TKO

Br Giovani Diniz

Br Rio Grande do Sul Regional

2005.01.31
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Lindomar Silva

Br Brazil Regional

2004.10.28
Win | KO/TKO

Michel Michel

Br Brazil Regional

2004.07.18
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Jorge dos Santos Velho

Br Rio Grande do Sul Regional

2004.05.15

Diego Nunes Wiki Update Wiki

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.

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