Left without an opponent when Manny Gamburyan pulled out of their scheduled UFC 135 featherweight tilt with a shoulder injury, Diego Nunes decided it best that he withdraw from the event as well.
Citing family issues and lingering injuries of his own, Nunes spoke with Sherdog.com about his decision to pull out of the fight.
“I won’t fight [at UFC 135] anymore. The UFC didn’t find an opponent quickly and I also got injured in training,” Nunes told Sherdog. “I’m suffering with painful tendonitis in my left arm, and I also had a problem in my hometown, where some people tried to murder my father. It was the best decision [to postpone the fight] so I can travel south to see my family.”
As far as excuses for missing work go, “someone tried to murder my father” is about as legitimate as they come. When he decides to make his return, Nunes explained that he wouldn’t mind doing so against Gamburyan.
“I think I will face him. That’s my main focus now,” he said. “When I give the green light to my manager, after I’m fully recovered, I’ll talk to him and see if the UFC can match us. I would rather fight more tough and named guys, but we have this feud and it will be cool.”