Round 1: Gamburyan moves forward. Nunes circles on the outside. Nunes misses with a spinning back kick to the body. Gamburyan fires off a right hook that’s blocked. Nunes misses with two spinning back kicks to the body. Gamburyan is stalking him. Gamburyan shoots for a takedown. Nunes stuffs it. Gamburyan misses with a big right hand as they separated. Nunes lands an outside leg kick. Nunes lands another leg kick and Gamburyan works to get the fight to the ground. Nunes sprawls and shakes it off. Gamburyan continues to work for a takedown and gets it with a slam. Two minutes remaining in the round, Gamburyan has Nunes on his back. Nunes gets to his feet and back to the center of the cage. Nunes lands a hard leg kick. Gamburyan misses with a counter right hand. Nunes moves in with a hook to the body. Gamburyan lands a left hand counter. Gamburyan unable to get Nunes down again. Nunes goes right back to working kicks to the legs. Nunes is forcing Gamburyan to fight at his distance. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nunes.
Round 2: They touch gloves and round two begins. Gamburyan is moving forward, trying to close the distance. He lands a glancing right hand. Gamburyan lands a big right hand on the jaw of Nunes. Nunes is hurt. Gamburyan rushes in and Nunes misses wtih a flying knee. They clinch and work for position. Nunes briefly gives up his back but Nunes quickly gets free. They’re back in the center of the Octagon. Nunes lands a spinning back kick to the body. Three minutes left on the clock. Gamburyan moves in and Gamburyan times it and lands a left hand. Gamburyan ducks under a punch and secures a double leg takedown. He quickly passes to half guard and begins to work some ground and pound. Gamburyan looks for a choke but Nunes defends and gets back to his feet. They’re clinched along the fence. Nunes presses Gamburyan against the cage. Nunes lands knees to the body before separating. The round ends with both fighters missing with wild hooks. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan.
Round 3: Gamburyan bounces on the outside looking to get into punching range. Nunes blockes a lead left hook by Gamburyan. Nunes goes back to working the legs of his opponent. Gamburyan lands a right hand. Gamburyan circles as Nunes continues to land leg kicks. He’s landing inside and outside leg kicks from the southpaw stance. Gamburyan shoots under a Nunes left hand and tries to get Nunes down. He can not. Nunes stuffs it and lands a knee to Gamburyan’s head. They separate. Gamburyan, again, tries to get the fight to the canvas but is unsuccessful. Nunes lands back-to-back leg kicks. Nunes misses with a spinning backfist. Gamburyan grabs him, they jockey for position but they break free. Nunes really working his kicks this round. He lands one low. They action is halted for a minute and then resumed. Gamburyan lands a right hand. Nunes lands two hard leg kicks. Gamburyan shoots in for a takedown. Nunes able to keep standing as the bell rings. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nunes.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28 for Nunes.