Thursday, December 2, 2021

WEC 42 Results: Rafael Dias vs. Diego Nunes



Round 1 – Tentative start, and Nunes puts his hands on his hips after eating a high kick. Nunes shoots in, but he can't keep Dias on the floor. A scramble sees them return to the floor, and Dias pulls guard. Nunes stands and eats two upkicks when he looks to return to Dias' guard. He waves them off, and drops to Dias' guard. Nunes passes out to half-guard, but Dias scrambles and the two return to their feet. Nunes scores with a low kick, and then a left hand. Dias pushes through it and pulls guard. Nunes passes out to half-guard, and Dias holds him tight with his arms. Nunes stands, this time a little more aware of the upkicks. He feigns a kick, then leaps in a with a punch as he falls into guard. Dias scrambles and stands, and the horn sounds. sees it for Nunes, 10-9.

Round 2 – Both fighters look fresh, and they touch gloves. Nunes circles, feign a shot, then lands a kick. Dias answers with a punch, and they two exchange in a flurry. Dias just misses with a high kick, and Nunes answers witha series of his own kicks. Dias ducks under a punch and clinches, though he quickly relents. Nunes lands a side kick that elicits a response from the quickly filling crowd. Nunes throws a 1-2, followed by a high kick, though it's checked. Nunes lands a nice kick to the thigh, though Dias answers. Dias briefly the aggressor, though Nunes circles away. Diaz stalks and lands a few punches in the clinch, though Nunes scores with a solid right hand. Nunes lands with a kick to the ribs. Nunes with his hands down, inviting Dias in. Thirty seconds remain, and the round is close. Nunes' corner calls for him to win it, and he opens up his arsenal. Dias answers as well. Very close round that could easily go 10-10, but gives it again to Nunes, 10-9.

Round 3 – A flurry by both fighters to open, and Dias pulls guard. Nunes walks him to the cage, trapping his head. Nunes opens up with a few ground-and-pound blows. A couple of elbows follow from the top, though Dias tries to hold Nunes close. Dias rolls forward in an effort to work free, but Nunes stuffs it. Dias has Nunes leg, and he tries to stand, though Nunes pushes him back down. The action slows on the ground, and the crowd grows restless. Dias tries to work free and return to his feet, but Nunes' top game keeps him pinned. With his opponent still against the cage, Nunes opens up the attack from top. Nunes briefly stands, then leaps in wit another punch back into Dias' guard. One minute remains, and Dias shows little sin that he'll be able to figure out how to escape. Nunes stalls a bit, and referee Steve Mazzagatti calls for action. Dias rolls forward, grabs a leg and is briefly in top position, but the pair separates and returns to the feet. Dias goes for broke with a flurry, but it's too little, too late. sees a clean sweep for Nunes, 30-27, though the close second could alter the scores. Diego Nunes def. Rafael Dias via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

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