Injuries followed by promotional delays forced Nunez to be out nearly 10 months, but he hasn’t let that dampen his spirit.
“I got a good win in March, but was dealing with a little bit of injuries, so I took some time off and got my mind right and got healthy,” Nunez told MMAWeekly.com. “I was supposed to fight in December, but then it got pushed back and they put me on this (upcoming Jan. 17) card.
“It’s kind of unfortunate how some things happen, but you have to roll with the punches.”
The time off allowed Nunez to focus on fixing areas of his game he felt lacking.
“I’m always working hard with my wrestling, so my ground game wasn’t an issue, but my stand-up more than anything had to be tuned up,” he said. “I spent a lot of time working on my hands and my footwork.”
Nunez (5-0) will look to remain undefeated when he returns to WSOF on Saturday night to take on veteran Brian “The Bandit” Cobb (20-8) in a feature 155-pound showdown.
“He’s got 28 fights or so and I only have five, but I’ve been competing my whole life, so I don’t believe that he’s got an advantage on me,” said Nunez of Cobb. “If anything, he’s probably got a disadvantage being older than me and not having fought in a year and a half.
“I believe he’s going to have some ring rust. And that I’m going to be able to come out and overwhelm him.”
For Nunez, a win over Cobb could give him a lot more name recognition and help him climb the ladder and move on to bigger opportunities.
“He’s got some credentials, so I think I’ll get some more people looking at me and watching out for me,” said Nunez. “This is the time of your career when things start taking off – especially being undefeated.
“By the end of the year I want to get my fights in and move up the ranks. I’m 29-years-old, so I’m looking to get those next level paychecks. It doesn’t matter if it’s a championship fight or untelevised, as long as they’re paying me, it doesn’t matter where or what it is for.”