Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1) was set to face American Neil Magny (20-6-0) on the UFC in Liverpool card back in May, but had to pull out due to injury. “Still recovering from the knee surgery. Will be ready this winter though.” says the father and manager of Gunnar Nelson in August, Halli about his son’s status to MMA Viking. However, now the time has come as “Gunni” is set for a matchup with Alex Oliveira (19-5-1) at UFC 231 in Toronto.
While the bout is not officially announced, there are verbal agreements on both side for the December 8 bout at the Scotiabank Arena. Nelson is coming off a controversial loss to eye-poker Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 113: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio back in July of last year, which stopped a two fight winning streak.
“Cowboy” has been much more busy of late, and will compete for the the third time this year. The Brazilian has won six of seven of his last bouts, and is on a two fight winning streak including a second round stoppage of Carlos Condit.
“I will keep on evolving as a fighter while I’m on the sidelines.” – Gunnar
The Mjolnir fighter won Performance of the Night with his submission of Albert Tumenov in 2016 and Alan Jouban in 2017. Nelson has been in the UFC for 6 years as he made his debut back in September of 2012 with a submission over DaMarques Johnson. He has an impressive 7 win and 3 loss record in the Octagon.