UFC on FX 5: Can Diego Nunes Get Back into Title Contention?

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIIOctober 4, 2012

Diego Nunes has hit a bit of a rough patch in his mixed martial arts career.

Since his UFC debut, Nunes has gone 2-2 winning fights against Mike Thomas Brown and Manny Gamburyan, while losing to Kenny Florian and Dennis Siver in his latest fight.

Nunes always seems to be on the cusp of becoming a contender in the featherweight division before losing a fight that pushes him further down the ladder.

He has an excellent all-around game, and can excel wherever the fight takes place.

His opponent Bart Palaszewski is also coming off of a decision loss in his latest UFC fight to Hatsu Hioki. Both of these fighters need a win to stay relevant in the ever improving featherweight division.

With that being said, I believe Nunes wins this fight.

He will use his striking to control Palaszewski, and wear him down to win the decision. Question is will Nunes ever get back into title contention? At this moment it is too soon to tell. Nunes has all the right things going for him.

He is a well-rounded fighter and he trains with an excellent Black House team in Brazil. He just can't seem to put it all together and string together a few wins.

Nunes would also need to work on his wrestling and takedown defense. In the past, those areas were his weakest facet of his game.

He needs to play to his strengths in the coming fight. He needs to use his excellent striking and footwork to keep Palaszewski off balance, before finding the right moment to attempt to finish the fight.

He could also bring the fight to the mat, where he could use his Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills to attempt a submission.

If he doesn't begin to win fights on a consistent basis, he will most likely be destined for a gatekeeper role.

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