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Bellator 110: Diego Nunes Vs. Matt Bessette

Bellator 110: Diego Nunes Vs. Matt Bessette

Diego Nunes vs. Matt Bessette

Our fourth and final featherweight tournament contest pits Diego Nunes against Matt Bessette.

Nunes (18-5) is looking to snap a two-fight losing skid. He was defeated by Patricio Freire in his Bellator debut last September after going 3-3 in six UFC fights.

Bessette (12-4) has won his last four, including a knockout of Nick Piedmont last September.

Round 1: It looks like the old Nunes has returned, firing out of the gates and coming after Bessette. Nice exchange from in close, which Bessette appeared to get the better of. Excellent combination strung together by Bessette. Spinning back kick almost fully connects for Nunes, who catches a kick by Bessette and lands with a strike. Nunes now inside the guard as we go under three minutes. Exchange of knees as Bessette survives a potential guillotine attempt. Bessette lands a counter, but Nunes answers and drops him, working for a possible choke but the round ends.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nunes

Round 2: Bessette with a huge overhand right as the action has slowed a bit. Just like that Bessette catches Nunes with a right and drops him. He tries to pounce and finish, but Nunes gets to his feet – but is wobbly. The crowd is fully behind Bessette, but Nunes clinches up against the fence, landing a nice knee in the process. Spinning back kick for Nunes, who has recovered. But just like that, Bessette lands with the right and a counter-left. His striking has been on-point this round, as he catches Nunes once again.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bessette

Round 3: Have to figure this one is all tied up after two rounds. Bessette with some strong kicks to the body of Nunes, who looks to be focused on landing a significant strike or nothing. Nice little counter connects for Nunes, as does a big right-hand. Now, Nunes is mixing it up more, landing nice lefts, rights and kicks. Bessette eats a body kick to land a right. The pressure of Nunes appears to have gotten to Bessette, who is struggling.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Nunes

Matt Bessette def. Diego Nunes via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) to advance in featherweight tournament