Round 1: The touch gloves and Nunes takes the center of the Octagon. Nunes goes on the offensive. He lands a right hand that send Palaszewski back. He lands another right. They clinch. Nunes drops for a takedown and Palaszewski applies a guillotine choke. Palaszewski is cut over his left eye from the early right hand by Nunes. alaszewski transitions to a triangle choke. Nunes gets out of it. Nunes lands a series of heavy elbows inside the guard of Palaszewski. Palaszewski works his way back to his feet. He misses with a right hand and Nunes lands a right hook that drops Palaszewski. Nunes jumps on him looking to finish. A minute remains in the round. Nunes works to take his back. Palaszewski gets back to guard. Nunes stands over him and delivers a hard right hand. Nunes passes his guard and the round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nunes.
Round 2: Nunes moves forward with a combination. He lands an outside leg kick. Nunes drops his hands. Palaszewki lands an outside leg kick. Nunes counters a leg kick with a right hand. Nunes delivers a spinning back fist. They clinch and Nunes secures a trip takedown. He stands and passes Palaszewski’s guard. Nunes works to take his back. Palaszewski works back to his feet and they separate. Palaszewski lands an outside leg kick. Nunes lands another right hand followed by an outside leg kick. Palaszewski moves in with a combination and an outside leg kick. They exchange leg kicks. Nunes misses with a big right and Palaszewski lands a counter right hand. Palaszewski moves in with a combination but Nunes catches a leg and throws him to the ground. Palaszewski gets up at the bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nunes.
Round 3: They touch gloves and exchange leg kicks to start the final round. Nunes lands a left hook. Palaszewski moving forward. He lands a combination. Nunes fires back but gets caught with a left hook. Nunes is hurt. Palaszewski lands a left hand. Nunes looking for a takedown. Palaszewski shakes it off. Nunes lands an outside leg kick, followed by an inside one. Three minutes remain in the round. Nunes looks to have fully recovered at this point. They’re in the center of the cage. Nunes works for a takedown but Palaszewski has none of it. Nunes lands a combination. Nunes misses with a spinning back kick. Palaszewski lands but eats a shot in the process. They exchange leg kicks. Nunes delivers a spinning back kick to the body. He lands a right hand that knocks Palaszewski down. Nunes pounces on him and pours it on to the closing bell. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Nunes.
The judges scored Nunes the winner by unanimous decision. The scorecards read: 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27.