Gunnar Nelson Added to UFC Fight Night Rotterdam
SBG’s Gunnar Nelson Fights Albert Tumenov in May
SBG Ireland’s Gunnar Nelson is set to return to the Octagon come May 8th, as he faces Albert Tumenov at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam. The event, the UFC’s first in Holland, will see Nelson fighting for the first time since his loss to Demian Maia at UFC 194.
Nelson faces a tricky prospect in Tumenov, who put a UFC debut loss behind him to go on and win his last five fights straight; three by way of first round knock-out. His most recent win, a split decision victory over Lorenz Larkin, saw him enter the UFC top 15 welterweight rankings. Tumenov has touted himself as the best striker in the division, if not the UFC. Given that claim, some might wonder if Nelson, a world-class grappler, will struggle in this fight if he cannot get it to the ground. Those with that thought in mind need only look back to Nelson’s last win at UFC 189, when the SBG Ireland man beat Brandon Thatch.
Nelson was interviewed this week on the MMA Mad podcast, where he noted that, prior to that contest, many questioned if Nelson had what it took to beat a strong striker like Thatch (who prior to that match had picked up two UFC wins by knock-out). Indeed, Gunnar was the underdog going into that fight. In characteristic fashion, Nelson silenced doubters with a minimum of fuss, dropping Thatch with his own striking before mounting, taking the back, and submitting him in the first round.
Since then, Gunnar suffered a tough loss against fellow BJJ specialist Demian Maia. While the decision defeat was a hard to witness for the SBG tribe and Nelson fans, one had to admire the display of grappling put on by both fighters, and though Maia came out ahead, in his recent interview Nelson said that he learnt a lot from the experience, specifically the importance of survival in bad situations during a fight.
Ahead of this contest, Nelson states that he is simply focusing on his own progress and his development as a martial artist. Regardless of the opponent, it is always exciting to see Gunnar Nelson competing. Backed by the global tribe that is SBG, not to mention the Irish MMA fans who have taken him in as one of their own, Nelson will always have a faithful following eager to cheer on his exploits. Good luck to Gunnar and the SBG Ireland team in preparation for May 8th. We can’t wait to see you back in the Octagon!