Round 1:Outside leg kick by Nunes starts the round, and he follows with a spinning back kick that grazes Brown’s abdomen. Brown eats an uppercut while shooting for a single leg, and is now clinched against the cage landing thudding knees to Nunes’ thigh. I can literally feel them in the floor below me. They have to be extrememly painful. Brown is now looking to take Nunes’ back and is landing shots to the side of his head, looking to open him up. Brown secures a nice body lock and slams Nunes to the canvas with authority and is now in his half-guard looking to pass. Two minutes left. Nunes turns into Brown and tries to stand up, they separate and Brown lands a lunging left hook that wobbles Nunes. Nunes retreats and falls to the ground. He’s hurt bad! His eye is swollen like a baseball, and Brown is pressuring. Nunes somehow weathers a flurry by Brown and is now jabbing and throwing leg kicks to back the aggressive Brown off. Brown fires back with some leg kicks of his own. Spinning back fist by Nunes just misses as the round comes to and end with a flurry by both fighters! Great round! 10-9 Brown.
Round 2:Nunes comes out with a purpose, winging punches and a spinning back kick. Brown recognizes the intent to establish pace and fires right back with a flurry followed by a snapping inside leg kick. Brown eats a very hard right hook, but walks right through it. Overhand right from Brown misses and he follows with a double leg attempt, and Nunes sprawls. Brown comes in for a right hook, but Nunes ducks under it and they are now clinched against the cage. Straight left by Nunes connects and he follows that into a tight Muay Thai clinch and lands a few thudding knees. Brown shrugs him off and they are back standing. Body kick by Nunes connects to Brown’s ribs. Left hook by Nunes followed by a grazing high kick that just misses. Nunes is putting it together now and the crowd is getting into it. Brown shoots for a single leg but Nunes turns into it and both fighters scramble, and are now pinned against the cage. Nunes now with the Muay Thai clinch and he is landing brutal knees to Brown’s face and Brown is slowing down in a big way, the crowd roars. The round ends, and that’s a good thing for Mike Brown. 10-9 Nunes.
Round 3:A spinning back high kick opens the round for Nunes and it does connect, but not with a lot of force. I can’t stress enough how swollen Nunes’ eye is, it’s brutal, and he’s putting on a show. Now both fighters are in a scramble against the cage with Brown landing knees to Nunes’ thigh. A knee to Nunes’ head by Brown and the crowd cheers. Overhand right by Brown during a separation rings Nunes’ bell. More clinching against the cage with knees and punches being exchanged. Ax kick by Nunes, looks good, but just misses Brown’s face. Brown with a body lock now, pressing Nunes against the cage, landing more dirty knees and punches, just trying to win the round it looks like. A straight left by Nunes lands, and Brown shoots but Diego sprawls effectively. Brown gets a brief takedown but does nothing with it, as Nunes stands right back up. Very tough round to score as both fighters flurry at the end. The crowd roars. 10-9 Brown.
Diego Nunes def. Mike Brown by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3