Often when someone debuts in a new weight class, the UFC will sort of ease him into things. However, Nunes is arguably a top-five UFC featherweight. Did the match-up surprise you when you were presented it?
You're absolutely right. I was kind of expecting an easier fight for my first fight in the weight class, but on the other hand, it's pretty obvious that getting an opponent such as Diego signifies that the UFC actually thinks that I can hang with the top guys in the weight class. Plus, obviously, a win over Diego Nunes is going to put me in a much more favorable position than a win against some scrub. On the other hand, if I'm going to lose to Diego Nunes, obviously it's going to be a bad loss because Diego is very high in the rankings, but at the same time, it's not a catastrophe.
Have you studied a lot of tape on Nunes, and if so, what are the biggest holes in his game that you have identified?
I have watched a lot of his fight, especially the ones in the UFC. I analyzed his style a lot. His main weakness is his conditioning. I feel like when he is pressured, he kind of folds sometimes and doesn't fight to his potential. I think his ground game might not be very strong, but he's a very, very good striker. He's dangerous.
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