MMA

Brazil’s Raphael Pessoa Nunes earns 1st UFC win, decisions Jeff Hughes at ‘UFC Fight Night 162’ in Singapore

Raphael “Bebezabo” Pessoa Nunes, 30, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has earned his first victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was one of the winners at “UFC Fight Night 162,″ also known as “UFC on ESPN+ 20,” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on October 26, 2019.

“UFC Fight Night 162″ featured 11 mixed martial arts matches. In the first bout of the evening, Nunes fought Jeff “Lights Out” Hughes, 31, of Canton, Ohio, United States in the heavyweight division.

Thomas Fan served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the heavyweight contest was left in the hands of the judges, who all scored it 30-27.

In the end, Fan raised the hand of Nunes. The Brazilian MMA fighter was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

“I feel great,” Nunes said after winning at “UFC Fight Night 162.″ “I did everything I wanted to do in every single round. I think I showed that heavyweights can have a lot of speed and a lot of momentum.”

“We can be like the lighter weight classes,” the Rio de Janeiro native continued. “We’re heavy but we’re fast.”

Winning at “UFC Fight Night 162” improved the professional MMA record of Nunes to 10 wins and 1 loss. On the other hand, Hughes now has 10 wins, 3 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.

Including Brazil and the U.S., 11 countries were represented at “UFC Fight Night 162.″ The others were Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Kyrgyzstan, the Northern Mariana Islands, Peru, Russia, Scotland and Thailand.

Nunes was one of the two fighters who represented Brazil while Hughes was one of the eight representatives of the U.S. Here is a post-fight interview with the Brazilian heavyweight contender:

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