By Dean Parr
It isn’t often that an unbeaten fighter will risk their record against a dangerous opponent on four days’ notice. Light-heavyweight prospect Max Nunes (8-0) did just that at BAMMA 10, submitting highly regarded ex-pro boxer Tony Moran (9-4 1NC) in the process.
What made this feat even more impressive is this was the New Wave MMA Academy fighter’s third contest in four weeks, and after a string of good results, Nunes is riding the crest of a wave of confidence.
“I was very happy; I feel great,” enthused the 205-pounder. “I didn’t take any damage in any of those fights and this is what enabled me to carry on. As a professional athlete, if you can compete then you want to compete.
“It was at very short notice, but I was already in great shape from my match with Iain Martell at UCMMA and preparation for my title fight at Fury MMA against Brett Cole.
“It didn’t really faze me to fight again so soon because I’m always fighting fit so I didn’t have a reason to say no. My management received a call from Jude [Samuel] at BAMMA and it was too good an opportunity to turn down.
“My team and I had the utmost confidence in me and that this was another fight I could win, so we went for it.”
Max was fully aware of the talent of his opponent entering his latest tilt, and feels that his recent form has sent reverberations through his division domestically. He said,
“Having watched Moran’s videos we could immediately see he was really good with his hands, so the plan was to sub him or go for a TKO. To be honest, he wasn’t bad on the ground either as he was doing a really good job of avoiding my ground and pound, so I had to sub him.
“I showed that I’m a true fighter that doesn’t turn down a fight. Although Tony Moran is a really nice guy, in the cage he’s a real monster. To take on an opponent like him on four days’ notice was certainly a statement of intent and definitely made people sit up and take notice.”
To wrap up, Nunes, who now intends to take some time out before helping teammates prepare for their upcoming fights, wished to thank the New Wave MMA Academy, Pro Game Management, Bad Boy, MMA Zone and Bridge Dental Lab.
He can be followed on Twitter @MaxPowerNunes and liked on Facebook at this link.
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