More UFC 131 Fight Video Highlights here, courtesy of ESPN. Here are highlights from Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes in a Featherweight match. It's an interesting look at this fight even if you watched it live last night. Take a look:
This was Kenny Florian's Featherweight debut. He now stands at 1-0 at Featherweight, but may be fast tracked to a title shot against champion Jose Aldo based on name recognition alone. Aldo is currently sidelined until the fall, recovering from injuries sustained during his UFC 129 title defense against Mark Hominick. Florian's overall record now comes up to 15-5, 12-4 in the UFC.
Diego Nunes put together an impressive 4-1 record in the Featherweight division of the WEC before the organization was shut down last year. He made his UFC debut at UFC 125, defeating former Featherweight champion Mike Brown via split decision and earning himself a spot near the top of the Featherweight division. His record now stands at 1-1 in the UFC, 16-2 overall.
Kenny Florian vs. Diego Nunes - Round 1 - Florian throwing high kicks early. After a lot of feeling out with strikes it was Florian looking to get the takedown but Nunes reverses and pushes Florian into the cage. Nunes gets the takedown. They get back to standing quickly. Nunes with a leg kick and Florian fails with a takedown attempt. Right hand by Nunes lands hard and a leg kick. Florian doesn't look right. Spinning backfist lands for Nunes. Spinning back kick from Nunes misses. Florian with a jab and then he ducks under a punch and gets a takedown. Nunes manages to get to standing. Spinning elbow by Florian. Big shot by Nunes puts Florian on his back and Nunes tries to follow up before the round ends. 10-9 Nunes.
Round 2 - Nunes looking very relaxed before the start of the round. Head kick by Nunes is blocked. Florian looking for the takedown and Nunes manages to remain upright. Florian keeps pushing for the takedown and Nunes continues to fight it off and then gets a takedown of his own. Florian throwing the elbows and now looking to lock in a triangle. Nunes defends and the back of his head is cut from the elbows. Nunes finally gets a left hand through from the top. They're restarted after a stalemate. Body kick by Nunes. Left hand lands by Florian and a nice jab to follow. Nunes is in reverse a little bit and Florian gets the takedown. Florian trying to pass and gets pulled back into full guard but Florian landing good punches now. 10-9 round for Florian.
Round 3 - Florian is the much fresher man as the round starts. Nunes is in reverse here as both men land leg kicks. Neither man really doing much work in the first minute. Florian pawing with the jab. Knee to the body in the clinch by Florian and then he gets a very easy takedown. Florian landing punches from the half guard. Florian is just working on him from the top and Nunes has pretty much nothing left here. Nunes does manage to get to his feet and push Florian into the cage. Florian with the jab and Nunes misses a head kick. Head kick again and a flurry of punches. Florian just picking him apart with jabs. Two punches land fro Nunes. Big knee by Florian from the clinch. Nunes is giving it everything he has even when tired but Florian has taken the fight over. Big punch by Nunes and Florian buckles! But the final horn sounds. 10-9 Florian gives him the fight 29-28 on my card.
Official Scorecards: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 all for Kenny Florian.