The more avid readers of WWBRD will know we have spoken to Max 'Power' Nunes before and every one of you should have seen him fight by now. If you haven't, then you're in luck. Fresh of a title win last weekend at Fury MMA, Max will be fighting Tony Moran for BAMMA, at Wembley Arena this Saturday night. You'd be a fool to miss it.
Growing up in a country known mostly for it's bank accounts and penchant for modular furniture, Max's route into MMA isn't littered with street fights and disagreement like so many of his counterparts. His background is relatively unusual for MMA but immediately obvious once you see him. Standing at just under six-feet-five with arms that seemingly never end, getting a ball into a basket seems all too easy for him.
"The second I don't enjoy what I'm doing, I won't do it anymore." A popular figure in Swedish basketball, Max looked to have a bright future ahead of him. In 2008 however, Max's focus was shifted. With basketball failing to provide the enjoyment it once did and with nothing but success in his sights, mixed martial arts was next.
In July 2010, Max made his professional debut at ZT Fight Night, winning via rear-naked-choke and by November, had moved to train full-time with former UFC alum Nick Osipczak at the New Wave Academy in South London. Fast forward to today and with just under 12 minutes of cage-time clocked up, he finds himself with a perfect 7-0 record, stepping up on just four days notice to fight on one of the UK's biggest events.
"The nerves are gone..." Perhaps the biggest test to date for Max, came just last month against fellow hot-prospect Iain Martell. Many counted him out and picked Martell's methodical style to ultimately take the victory, but it wasn't to be. Martell couldn't find his opening and Max got to finally display his offensive guard, latching on a fight finishing triangle early in the second round.
"It was like any fight really, I treat them all the same but Iain made me step up my game. It went well but I thought he would do more damage when he took me down. Other than that, it pretty much happened as I thought it would. If he wanted to stand I would go for the KO and if we hit the ground, sub him."
Max exudes belief in himself. He doesn't do it with bravado and show or in an unsettling manner, he does it with trust in his abilities and training. His calm, relaxed attitude never falters and even in the heat of battle, his stoic demeanor remains.
Taking this fight on just four days notice, only 7 days removed from a title win, we asked Max to give us an insight into how he see's the fight panning out. With but a second of contemplation, he returned a single word.
With three titles on the line and some of the best match-up's available in the UK, we should all take this as a sharp smack back to the reality of MMA after being choked by the Olympics left, right and center.
You can catch the full-line up at the end of this article, but for now, we're going to go over what we believe to be the most important fights of the night.
Chad Griffiths Vs Sean Carter Both undefeated, they may only carry 5 wins between them, but this is a great fight at this point in their career. Griffiths showed solid top control, ground and pound and positioning in his last outing, all of which he will need to tap into again if he plans to keep his opponent at bay. Carter seems comfortable in his stand up but will likely have to display his craftiness on the ground as Griffiths will undoubtedly try to use his considerable size advantage to take the fight down.
With complimentary styles, this is an interesting match-up and the winner will likely carry a fair amount of momentum in their chase of the belt.
Nathan Grayson Vs Paul Kingdon Mentored by the UFC's latest British acquisition, Jimi 'The Posterboy' Manuwa, Grayson started his pro career with a lot of expectation on his shoulders. After a shock knockout loss at the hands of the debuting Arnold Allen, Grayson will be looking to beat his way back onto the winning track. Paul Kingdon is a five fight veteran, who is looking to copy-cat Allen's stunning achievement and get his career onto a winning track. With a 1-4 record, he has nothing to lose and a lot to gain from this opportunity.
Grayson is a wild kid who fights hard to put on a good show. He has solid, fundamental stand up yet so frequently seems to want to engage in a brawl. He showed good composure in difficult situations against Allen but his over-aggression lead him straight into a last-ditch punch and just like that, it was game-over.
Even after such a shock loss, we think Grayson will pick up the win. He must always remember though, a man with everything to gain is always dangerous.
Max Nunes Vs Iain Martell Whilst not the main event, this meeting of undefeated Light Heavyweights is our pick for the most important fight of the night.
Both are undefeated.
Both are 5-0.
Both have 5 stoppages.
The only real difference between them is that Nunes has never been out of the first round in his pro career and even then, Martell has only seen the past the first round once.
Iain Martell has been impressive in every outing. He has a simple, methodical and ruthlessly efficient style that shuts down his opponents. Strong take-downs and good timing usually allow him to gain position before muscling his way to a stoppage.
Max 'Power' Nunes has only spent 5:01 inside the UCMMA cage, but his two victories have been nothing short of brutal. Textbook take-downs in both fights have enabled him to unleash precise and devastating ground and pound that left its mark all over the canvas. He uses his height to generate massive power on the ground and his range makes the strikes almost impossible to evade.
As we said, brutal. It's a difficult fight to call as yet again, the styles are complimentary and neither man has shown any real weakness. Expect fireworks and a massive leap into the title contention for the winner.
Michael Page Vs Peter Irving If you haven't heard of Michael 'Venom' Page by now, you haven't been paying enough attention. A confident stand up striker whose debut KO has been one of the most replayed and most talked about this year. Seriously, go watch it.
The London Shootfighter turned into an overnight sensation leading recent upstart OneFC to sign him after only two pro fights. His flamboyant striking style, so often compared to the great Anderson Silva (who isn't) - is a delight to watch. Cocky it may be, he is an instantly exciting fighter and the roars during his last fight were incredible to hear.
Though this isn't an MMA fight, I doubt many attend his fights to see a submission and if there's one man who isn't afraid of going toe-to-toe and putting on a show, it's Peter Irving.
A long time K1 & MMA fighter, Irving recently took the title from UK1 standout Luke Sines in dominant fashion, walking the taller man down and chopping away with leg-kicks. He will give up some height and reach but Page will be the more slender fighter and those leg kicks may prove a smart tactic once again. He will need to be extremely careful of Venoms precise counter striking but Irvings no frills style and incapacity to be intimidated should prevail. We're calling it, Irving takes it.
Linton Vassell Vs Nick Chapman Nick 'The Headhunter' Chapmans last foray in the cage left him bleeding and with the first loss on his record. Despite that, he had a smile from ear to ear and made no excuses. After a lengthy lay-off he will return to the cage to vie for the title which eluded him on his last attempt. This time, instead of facing Jimi Manuwa, he will take on UK veteran Linton 'The Swarm' Vassell.
Riding a four fight win streak with three first round stoppages in his last four, Linton is perhaps at the peak of his career. No easy task for Chapman to take on, but again, these are two well matched fighters who have similar styles. Both are happy on the feet or the ground and we don't really see either man having any distinct advantage in the cage. It should be close but we see Chapman taking it by a whisker. We can only hope that rumours of this being Chapmans last fight aren't true regardless of the fights outcome.
Nick Capman vs. Linton Vassell - (Light Heavyweight Title)
UK1 (Kickboxing) - Michael Page vs. Peter Irving - (Welterweight Title)
Spencer Hewitt vs. Giorgio Andrews - (Flyweight Title)
Ben Callum vs. Mark Weir Max Nunes vs. Iain Martell
Carl Oriss vs. Arnold Allen
Nathan Grayson vs. Andy McEwan
Steve Clements vs. Marian Rusu
Lee Caers vs. Esi Moradi
Andy Cona vs. Fadi Jameel
Sean Carter vs. Chad Griffiths
David Howell vs. Dom Clark
Sam Gilbert vs. Uvais NamievTweetTagged :
Hey Max, first off, congratulations after a stunning victoryat Cage Rage 24, tell us how you are feeling now.
Thank you very much, I am so happy and excited to have fought on a great show, I want to fight more and show people and Cage Rage UK what I am capable of.
Were you always looking to hit those take-downs from the start or did you plan on standing to start with?
No it wasn’t part of my plan, I didn’t know what his game plan was and when he came out and we touched gloves he was already in my face before I knew it so I had to go for the take down.
Your takedowns looked sharp and precise. The first one you hit, Murray must have been a clear two feet off the deck before you slammed him down. Do you have a wrestling background?
No I don’t have a wrestling back ground, but I train hard and my team makes me work harder than most.
What would you say is your biggest motivation to fight and what bought you to the Cage Rage UK show?
Motivation is being on the undercard of such a huge event with fighters like Jimi Manuwa & Michael Pastou, I want to be on TV.
It is the biggest and best show in the UK and I would love to fight soon and eventually get a title shot in the future.
Given your debut with Cage Rage UK was succesfull, who would you like to fight next and when will you be looking to make that fight happen?
I am looking forward to fighting again, I am hoping to get on the Cage Rage UK 26 card in February next year.
Although your time in the Cage is fairly limited, given all three of your fights have been won in the first round, what areas are you most looking to improve upon?
I look to improve on all areas, I don’t want to lack on anything.
You dealt out some major damage to Murray with some insanely accurate your ground and pound. Were you aware of just how badly hurt he was and do you have any idea about his condition?
No I didn’t, all I know was I hit him HARD! I am comfortable where ever the fight goes, I was in guard and I was punching him in the head, I didn’t know how bad he was hurt and when I saw the opportunity to take the choke I did, then when it got stopped I noticed. I really hope that Grants OK and I wish him a speedy recovery.
Damn son... He done got f*cked up!
We can't wait to see you back in the Cage Rage UK cage Max and it's been a pleasure talking with you. Is there anyone you'd like to give a shout out to?
Thanks goes out to Nick Osipczak at New Wave Academy, everyone who has helped me prepare for this fight, my friends and family and of course Dave O’Donnell and the Cage Rage UK team.TweetTagged :
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