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UFC 141 prelims preview: Manny Gamburyan vs. Diego Nunes

Fight Odds: Gamburyan +220, Nunes -300

UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem” takes place this Friday, Dec. 30, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It will be the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s final show of the year, and it is a big one.

ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will preview the entire card fight-by-fight starting with the prelims. The first fight on the preliminary card, which will stream LIVE on Facebook, is a featherweight match-up between TUF 5 finalist Manny Gamburyan and Team Nova União’s Diego Nunes.

Manny Gamburyan (11-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC)

  • Total 17
  • Wins 11
  • By knockout 2
  • By submission 6
  • By decision 3
  • Losses 6
  • By knockout 2
  • By submission 1
  • By decision 3

Due to a couple of different injuries that forced him to withdraw from two different bouts, including a a bout with Nunes in September, Gamburyan has only fought once so far this year, losing a majority decision to Tyson Griffin at UFC on Verus 4 in June.

Prior to that, Gamburyan lost a WEC featherweight title match against champion Jose Aldo at WEC 51 in September of last year. Gamburyan earned the WEC title shot by winning consecutive bouts against John Franchi, Leonard Garcia and Mike Brown during 2009-2010.

Now in his second UFC incarnation, the 30-year-old judo black belt is in a situation where his job could be on the line. Although technically the loss to Aldo was in the WEC, making the loss to Griffin his only UFC loss this time around, it is still the type of fire no fighter wants to play with.

Diego Nunes (16-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC)

  • Total 18
  • Wins 16
  • By knockout 5
  • By submission 6
  • By decision 5
  • Losses 2
  • By decision 2

Like Gamburyan, Nunes is a WEC transplant, having made his debut with the promotion in 2008. Prior to that, Nunes had put together a very impressive record fighting primarily in Brazil.

Nunes went 4-1 in the WEC, scoring wins over the likes of Cole Province, Rafael Dias, Raphael Assuncao and Tyler Toner, all via decision. His lone WEC loss came from L.C. Davis via unanimous decision in November 2009.

Nunes made his UFC debut in January 2011 with a split decision win over Mike Brown at UFC 125. He returned in June of this year, losing a unanimous decision to Kenny Florian at UFC 131.

The match-up: It is interesting to note that Gamburyan and Nunes both have won six of their fights via submission. Nunes has won more fights via knockout, but overall, the competition he has faced has not been as stiff. However, it is important to remember Nunes made his WEC debut in 2008, so he has been fighting at a high level for some time now.

The pick: I think the odds-makers have this one right with Nunes as the favorite. While Gamburyan could hurt Nunes with the big shot, odds are Nunes will out-point Gamburyan with his kickboxing, also avoiding Gamburyan’s submission game to take home a close decision victory.

See the rest of ProMMAnow.com’s UFC 141 preliminary card previews.

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