Gunnar Nelson


Falls in technical matchup
September 29, 2019
Nelson lost to Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Copenhagen on Saturday.
Credit to Nelson for accepting this matchup on short notice, but it proved to be costly for the crowd favorite. This bout played out primarily in the clinch, which explains why there was only 50 combined significant strikes on the final scorecard. Nelson ate a lot of calf kicks early, and it was Burns that appeared to be the aggressor in the grappling exchanges, constantly hunting for submissions. Nelson has now dropped two in a row and three of his last four fights.
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Gets Gilbert Burns in Copenhagen
September 16, 2019
Nelson (17-4-1) is now scheduled to face Gilbert Burns (16-3-0) in a welterweight fight Sept. 28 at UFC Copenhagen, Alexander K. Lee of reports.
Nelson was initially slated to face Thiago Alves in Denmark, but Burns was added to the card as a short-notice replacement after Alves withdrew last week due to ongoing health issues stemming from a kidney stones infection. While matching up with a new opponent, Nelson will hold the edge in fighting in the welterweight class, as Burns had competed primarily in the 155-pound ranks before winning in his welterweight debut at UFC Uruguay in August. Nelson will be entering the Octagon for the second time in 2019 after taking a split-decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC London in March.
Needs new opponent in Copenhagen
September 12, 2019
Nelson will need a new opponent for the UFC Copenhagen co-main event after Thiago Alves withdrew due to an illness, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
The withdrawal comes on short notice, as the fight is in just over two weeks, but it looks like the UFC is actively seeking one out. Nelson cited kidney stones as his reason for withdrawal.
Added to UFC Copenhagen card
June 26, 2019
Nelson has been added to UFC Copenhagen on Sept. 28 in a fight versus Thiago Alves.
Neither Nelson nor Alves owns a particularly attractive track record of late, with Nelson having lost two of his last three bouts and Alves three of his last four, but the two will get an opportunity to bounce back in Copenhagen. Nelson owns a two-inch height and reach advantage, so he'll likely look to keep Alves at a distance until he's ready to unleash a takedown attempt.
Drops decision in London
March 16, 2019
Nelson lost to Leon Edwards via split decision (29-28, 27-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night in London on Saturday.
Nelson entered this fight with a projected advantage on the mat, but that turned out not to be the case. Edwards showcased impressive defensive wrestling in this one, and even recorded a few takedowns of his own. It was nearly over for Nelson at the end of the second round, when Edwards knocked him down and followed up with vicious ground-and-pound. That onslaught potentially broke the orbital bone of Nelson, who had a massive hematoma on his right cheek. He overcame that adversity and came out for the third round, still searching for a takedown. That finally happened as the final minute approached, and Nelson quickly worked to full mount. Edwards, who likely knew he was up on the scorecards, grabbed the body of Nelson and held on tight to avoid any further damage. Despite the late surge, Edwards was a clear winner here and the sole card in favor of Nelson was a bit odd to say the least. Nelson now drops to 17-4-1 with the defeat.
Named as London co-headliner
January 16, 2019
Nelson and Leon Edwards will meet in a co-headline match at UFC London on March 16, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
The match will share top billing with the face-off between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal. Nelson will be forced to meet Edwards on the Englishman's home turf, where he's been undefeated in four matches with the UFC. Nelson has yet to lose in three London matches himself, though he did get knocked out once in the United Kingdom, losing to Santiago Ponzinibbio in the headliner in Glasgow in July of 2017.