Mike Brown vs. Diego Nunes Prediction

UFC Featherweight bout:  Mike Thomas Brown vs. Diego Nunes

Odds:  (-265 Brown /+205 Nunes )

Betting Pick:  Brown

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In the very first 145 pound bout in UFC’s history, former WEC champion Mike Thomas Brown will face well-rounded WEC veteran Diego “The Gun” Nunes in what should be a great match. These were two of WEC’s best at 145, and both guys have heavy hands and top-notch ground games, so this has all the makings of a very competitive affair.

Nunes, who has only suffered one loss as a professional, is a very well-rounded fighter with a great ground game and standup that is both technical and powerful, is the complete package. He isn’t always a prolific finisher, but he does have the ability to end fights both standing and on the ground and has never been finished himself. This is by far the toughest fight of his career, though, so he is going to need a flawless performance and a great game plan if he wants to have a successful UFC debut.

Despite his recent troubles, including crushing losses to Manny Gamburyan and Jose Aldo, Mike Thomas Brown is easily one of the most dangerous fighters in the world at 145 pounds. His grappling is extremely dominant, and he has great boxing and a lot of punching power to go with it. Any fight he is in could end at any second, no matter where it is, because he has knockout power standing and from top position and can submit guys from anywhere.

I think Nunes is just overmatched in this one. The two are stylistically similar, but Brown is just better both standing and on the ground. He is a better finisher with better boxing, and he has fought a much higher level of competition and has a vast experience advantage. I think he will frustrate Nunes on the feet and eventually drop him and choke him out. Brown by submission.

Prediction:  Mike Brown via second round Rear Naked Choke. 

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