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UFC 131: Kenny Florian Vs. Diego Nunes

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 131: Dos Santos vs. Carwin. To access our full coverage, click here.

Florian’s entrance is showered with boos, likely for the Bruins jersey he wore at the weigh-ins. “Big” John’s covering the co-main event.

Round 1: Florian throws two head kicks that miss. Nunes misses on a spinning back fist-kick combination. Both men gauging their distance, probing the other’s defenses. Florian ducks under a right hand and looks for a takedown. Nunes fights it off hard and eventually turns him into the fence. They trade knees. Nunes gets Florian down briefly, but Ken-Flo gets back to his feet in short order. Florian tries to catch a leg kick and take Nunes down, but Nunes avoids. He drops Florian to a knee with a leg kick. The crowd chants, “Boston sucks!” Florian gets clipped by a spinning back fist. Nunes is bleeding from behind his ear. Florian gets clipped with a head kick. Florian hits a nice jab, ducks a punch and hits a beautiful takedown. Nunes rolls away and gets to his feet, where he presses Florian into the cage. Florian gets knocked to his back by a nice left hand at the end of the round. scores the round 10-9 for Nunes

Round 2: They touch gloves for the second. Florian looking to walk Nunes down, while Nunes looks to land with power shots. Nunes is loading up on his right hand, looking to counter. Florian dives for the takedown again, but Nunes defends incredibly well. Nunes avoids and lands a takedown of his own. Florian is throwing some mean elbows from his back and is looking for the triangle as well. Nunes backs off and Florian starts to kick his knees. Florian sticks a nice jab. Nunes with a body kick. They clinch in the center. Florian ducks another punch and dumps Nunes to the mat against the cage. Florian in half guard, looking to pass. Florian postures up and rains down some punches. scores the round 10-9 for Florian

Nunes looks tired on his way to the corner.

Round 3: Florian is walking Nunes down with the jab, but Nunes is keeping him honest by throwing big kicks. Florian keeping his composure and landing some nice punches. They clinch and Florian lands a nice knee before getting an easy takedown. A nice elbow on top by Florian. Florian passes to half guard. Florian is keeping the pressure on and landing nice elbows when the opportunity opens. Florian to side control. Nunes gets to his feet when Florian looks to take his back. Nunes goes for the clinch, but Florian avoids the takedown. Nunes clips Florian on the fence, but Ken-Flo keeps his wits and circles away. He lands a nice front kick. Nunes foes high with a kick and Florian lands some nice, stiff jabs. Florian is making Nunes miss when he charges forward with nice footwork and a stiff jab. Nunes is swinging away, but Florian is avoiding damage. He grabs the clinch and lands a nice knee. Florian lands a few nice uppercuts, but is rocked and dropped to a knee with a right hand-left hook combo right before the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Florian

Kenny Florian defeated Diego Nunes via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Florian says that the weight cut was the hardest thing he’s ever done and that he had to cut from 180lbs. He tries to win back the crowd, but wearing that Bruins jersey made him public enemy number one here. He says he’s going to stay at featherweight and make a run for the belt and that Nunes will be a future champion.