by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
Welterweight prospect Ed Nuno of Team Quest is having the kind of turn-around between fights that very few athletes have the opportunity to experience.
In his last fight this past October, he was a featured fighter on an independent 5,000-seat show in Oklahoma. Now in his next bout, scheduled for this Saturday in Portland, Ore., Nuno will be headlining the latest edition of Sportfight in the 20,000-seat Rose Garden to be aired live on HDNet television.
Not bad for an undefeated Team Quest prospect who will be making his first defense of his Sportfight 170-pound division championship versus fellow undefeated up-and-comer Michael Pierce.
“I don’t really feel a difference,” admitted Nuno of stepping into a live television main event fight. It’s another hurdle for me and I take them one hurdle at a time.
“Whether it’s (in front of) one person or ten thousand people, I’m game. I’m not worried about them. I’m not taking any punches from my viewers, so I’m just going to go in there and do my thing.”
His opponent is a fellow unblemished fighter who earned a title shot with an impressive five-second knockout in his last fight in October.
“I’ve actually wrestled with him before,” relayed Nuno of Pierce. “We’ve worked out together and I think I know his weaknesses and he knows mine, so this is one of the most interesting fights I think I’m ever going to have.
“If he can impose his will on me, then it’s headed to the ground. If I can impose my will on him, then he’s going to be laid out on the canvas.”
As Nuno explains, while he continues to grow as a fighter, his strategy and philosophy doesn’t change from fight to fight.
“I’m going to dance with the same lady that brought me, so whatever I’ve been doing, I’m going to keep doing until it stops working.”
And what he’s doing is working, being undefeated with the Sportfight championship around his waist, making his prospects for next year very interesting.
“I just want to continue to train and put a good show on,” commented Nuno. “My job is just to train and be as good of a fighter as I can. I don’t have to worry about anything else, because that’s the job of my manager.
“I don’t know where to take it or where it’s going, it’s up to (Matt) Lindland, but the ball is rolling and once the ball is rolling, momentum is easy to carry, so it should be good. I can’t wait to see what next year has in store for me.”
In order to continue to keep the ball rolling however, he must successfully defend his title this Saturday, and he plans on doing that, in the most exciting fashion possible.
“I want to thank all my friends from Team Quest for helping me prepare for this, it’s great having them,” concluded Nuno. “Come out Saturday night, Dec. 22. I’m looking to rock someone’s world; it should be good, so come out.
“I prefer to knock people out, the quicker the better, that’s all I can say.”