by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A featherweight bout has been added to the upcoming WEC show headed for Edmonton on June 20. Raphael Assuncao returns to action against Diego Nunes in an undercard bout on the card.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Friday. Assuncao also announced the fight via his personal Twitter page on Friday as well.
Raphael Assuncao (14-2) fell short in his last fight out in the WEC when he faced Urijah Faber for a chance to get a shot at the featherweight belt. It was the only time in Assuncao’s career where he’s been finished, after reeling off six wins in a row prior to that time.
The young Brazilian is still recognized as one of the top prospects in the featherweight division. He’ll be looking for redemption when he steps back in the cage on June 20.
Facing off against Assuncao will be fellow Brazilian Diego Nunes (13-1), who gets back in action after having to bow out of his last fight, scheduled in March, due to injury. The fighter is currently 2-1 in the WEC with his only loss coming by way of decision to L.C. Davis.
The bout between Assuncao and Nunes is expected to be on the show’s untelevised undercard for the night’s action, which will be capped off by a main event between former lightweight champion Jamie Varner and Iranian wrestler turned fighter Kamal Shalorus.