Russian Omari Akhmedov has taken to Twitter to announce that he will be fighting Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson. “Verbally agreed to fight vs Gunnar Nelson, March 8, London UFC FN. It should be fun)” posts the Dagestan fighter.
Akhmedov is a 26 year old Middleweight, who would be dropping to welterweight to face Nelson. The Russian fighter is a Sambo expert and was victorious in Brazil against Thiago Perpetuo in a fight of the night with a KO at 3:31 in round 1.
Nelson most recently made news by surviving a car crash as he was a passenger in a pickup that rolled down a hill and into icy river just one meter from deep waters. The welterweight has not fought since February where he faced Jorge Santiago. Nelson won this bout, which was his second in the UFC, improving his overall record to an undefeated 11 wins, 0 losses, and 1 draw. He previously beat DaMarques Johnson in his Octagon debut in 2012.
The March 8th card also includes Nordic Swedes Alexander Gustafsson and Ilir Latifi.
UFC officials have said that nothing is official. Nelson’s camp indicates that Gunnar is looking for a bout, but nothing official has been signed.