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Gunnar Nelson

AGE

30

RECORD

17-4-1

REACH

72”

HEIGHT

5”11"

WEIGHT

170LB

STANCE

SWITCH

CAMP

MJOLNIR/SBG IRELAND

HOMETOWN

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT MARCH 2019 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 147 – VS LEON EDWARDS

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (SPLIT)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Edwards is in the southpaw stance. Nelson is in the wide orthodox stance. Edwards takes the center. Both fighters are patient. Nelson is looking to time the takedown. Edwards opens the fight with a leg kick. Nelson responds with a kick to the body. Edwards closes the distance with the right hand. Nelson immediately initiates the clinch and starts working for a takedown against the fence. 1st min in Nelson drags Edwards down to the mat. Edwards scrambles from the bottom and manages to stand up. However, Nelson takes the body lock and drags him back down. Nelson is displaying his great wrestling early in the fight. Nelson is working for a position. Edwards uses the fence and stands back up. Nelson is controlling him against the cage. Edwards reverses the position, picks Nelson up and slams him down to the mat! Edwards is looking to take the back! Halfway in, He has a one hook in. Nelson is looking calm and relaxed. Edwards is threatening with the rear-naked choke. Nelson defends well. Edwards is showing great top control. Nelson is carrying the weight of Edwards. 1 min to go, Nelson manages to stand up. Edwards is controlling with a body lock. Edwards picks Nelson up once again and slams him down to the mat! Nelson explodes back to his feet and they are back in the center. Big kick to the body lands for Edwards! 10-9 Edwards

Rd 2 – Edwards takes the center. He is flat-footed. Nelson is bouncing on the outside. Nelson goes high with the kick, just misses! Edwards is switching his stances. Nelson moves in with a right hand, misses. Edwards is showing great footwork. 1st min in, Neither fighter is willing to pull the trigger. Nelson initiates the clinch. Edwards connects with a nice knee to the body. Nelson is working for a takedown. Nice knee to the body and an elbow over the top lands for Edwards! He is looking more confident. Nelson fakes the right hand and initiates another clinch against the fence. Fighters are fighting for the under hooks. Halfway in, Edwards reverses the clinch position. He explodes with the elbow on the separation and lands! Edwards is looking sharp. Nelson fires a right hand on the entry and initiates another clinch. Nelson has a hard time taking Edwards down. Edwards separates. Nelson starts putting pressure on Edwards. Edwards is moving to his left. 1 min to go, Nelson is telegraphing his attacks. He is firing the right hand and immediately looking for a takedown. Another clinch from Nelson. Edwards separates and lands a right hand. Nelson is waling Edwards down. He misses with the right hand. Edwards counters with a hard left elbow over the top! Nelson goes down!!! Edwards jumps all over him with the punches!!! Nelson is in trouble!!! Nelson is saved by the bell!!! 10-9 Edwards

Rd 3 – Edwards takes the center. Nelson is switching his stances. Edwards is moving on the outside. He is waiting for a counter. Nelson times the entry and initiates the clinch against the fence. 1st min in, Nelson level changes and grabs the single leg. Edwards defends once again and separates. Edwards is dominating the wrestling exchanges. Nelson fires a right hand and clinches once again. He is looking desperate in his attacks. Edwards stops the takedown and separates. Nelson has a hard time cutting the movement of Edwards. Nelson closes the distance and clinches against the cage. Halfway in, Edwards reverses the position. Edwards trips Nelson down to the mat. However, Nelson is back to his feet. Edwards holds the body lock. Nelson separates the hands. Edwards lands an elbow on the separation. Edwards has a lot of success with the Muay Thai elbows in this fight. Nelson fires a right hand and lands! Nelson follows the attack with the clinch. He level changes and scores a takedown! Nelson passes the guard and takes the mount! 1 min to go, Edwards is controlling the posture from the bottom. Nelson is passive from the top. 10-9 Nelson

WATCH FIGHT

DECEMBER 2018 UFC 231 – VS ALEX OLIVEIRA

RESULT – WON VIA 2nd RD SUBMISSION (REAR-NAKED CHOKE)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Nelson takes the center and switches to the karate stance. Nelson quickly explodes with the left hand and lands. Oliveira clinches and starts unloading on Nelson with hard elbows! Nelson escapes the danger and starts working for a takedown. Oliveira is defending against the fence. 1st min in, Nelson takes the single leg but fails to score a takedown. The referee stops the fight and warns Oliveira to stop grabbing the fence. The fight continues. Nelson is putting strong pressure on Oliveira against the fence. He is very committed to a takedown. Oliveira is showing good takedown defense. Nelson beautifully makes a transition to the double leg and scores a takedown. Nelson takes the back of Oliveira! Oliveira is in the terrible position! Oliveira is trying to reverse the position but Nelson is showing his great ground game. Halfway in, Oliveira is busy with the short punches. He explodes to his left and manages to reverse the position! Great move by Oliveira! Oliveira explodes with the nasty ground and pound! Big elbows and hammer fists are landing for Oliveira! Nelson is in trouble! He has a hard time controlling the posture from the bottom. Oliveira is on fire! Big hammer fists are landing for Oliveira! 1 min to go, Nelson is looking for a leg lock. Oliveira sees it coming and defends. Oliveira continues to destroy Nelson with the hammer fists. Nelson pulls the leg lock! He switches to a heel hook but Oliveira is doing a good job defending. 10-9 Oliveira

Rd 2 – Oliveira takes the center. Both fighters are light on their feet. Nelson is in the karate stance. Oliveira closes the distance and initiates the clinch against the cage. He is working for a single leg takedown. 1st min in, Oliveira takes the body lock but fails to score a takedown. Nelson already has a bloody face. Oliveira is holding the single leg. Nelson is showing great takedown defense as he reverses the clinch position. Nelson takes the double leg and slams Oliveira down to the mat! Nelson jumps into the full mount position! Oliveira is controlling the posture from the bottom. Halfway in, Nelson is putting hard pressure on Oliveira. Nelson is looking for a submission. Oliveira is looking desperate. Hard elbow lands for Nelson! Another big elbow lands for Nelson! He is exploding on Oliveira! 1 min to go, Oliveira is bleeding heavily! Oliveira rolls over and gives his back! Nelson sinks the rear-naked choke in! Oliveira taps out!!!

WATCH FIGHT

JULY 2017 UFC FIGHT NIGHT 113 – VS SANTIAGO PONZINIBBIO

RESULT LOST VIA 1st RD KO (PUNCHES)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stance. Ponzinibbio starts putting pressure on Nelson. Nelson explodes and lands a right hand! Nelson takes the center. Both fighters are throwing a lot of faints. Hard step in left hook lands for Nelson! Nelson is looking confident. Ponzinibbio connects with the hard right hand! Nelson is hurt! Ponzinibbio explodes with the punches! Ponzinibbio connects with the hard left hand!!! Nelson goes down!!! Nelson is knocked out!!!

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

22 MATCHES 17 WINS 4 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 3 1
SUBMISSION 13 0
DECISION 1 3
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Nelson is the incredible jiu-jitsu specialist with the powerful wrestling offense.
  • He is the 2nd degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Renzo Gracie.
  • He is the former NAGA Middleweight champion.
  • Nelson regularly trains with Connor McGregor and Dillon Dennis at SBG Ireland.
  • As of the Edwards fight, Nelson had most submissions in UFC Welterweight history (6).
  • His wrestling offense is very good. As of the Edwards fight, he had 6th highest takedown accuracy among active UFC Welterweights (55%).
  • However, his wrestling was not on point against Edwards. He was looking desperate in his attacks.
  • Nelson has a tendency to telegraph his takedown attempts. He is setting them up with the straight right hand as seen against Edwards.
  • He is very vulnerable in the clinch. He is leaving himself open on the separation as seen against Edwards.
  • Nelson has great submission offense. He is setting his submission very quickly and from all positions as seen against Oliveira.