Gunnar Nelson to Face John Hathaway At UFC 189

Gunnar Nelson to Face John Hathaway At UFC 189


Gunnar Nelson under SBG Coach John Kavanagh

Nelson Joins SBG Ireland Teammate McGregor On Vegas Card

Gunnar Nelson is set to join his SBG Ireland teammate Conor McGregor on the card for UFC 189. A month after publically requesting the opportunity, Nelson will join the lineup for the July 11th card set to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be Gunnar Nelson’s first time competing in the ‘fight capital of the world’, and indeed, his first time competing in the US with the UFC. It will not, however, be the first time he joins a card headlined by Conor McGregor – last summer saw both athletes compete at the UFC Fight Night Dublin event, in which both enjoyed emphatic stoppage victories. This time around, Conor McGregor faces Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title!

Gunnar Nelson’s Last Fight

The fight will be the first time Gunnar Nelson steps into the Octagon since suffering the first professional defeat of his career against Rick Story last October, but that loss is not something that has caused much concern for the Scandinavian. Speaking publically a few months after the loss, he said it has proven a great learning experience and that he considers himself a stronger, more well-rounded fighter because of it. Prior to that contest, Nelson had picked up four UFC victories in little over a year, three by submission, and two worthy of ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses – an improved Gunnar Nelson will no doubt be an exciting prospect come July.

Gunnar Nelson’s Opponent – John Hathaway

Gunnar Nelson’s opponent, John Hathaway, will also be looking to get back to winning ways. An extended period outside the cage since September 2012 came to an end with a loss via spinning back elbow to Dong Hyun Kim in March 2014. It will have been another fourteen months by the time UFC 189 rolls around. Prior to that, Hathaway had lost just one of his previous professional fights, giving him a UFC record of 7-2, and professional record of 17-2. One of those wins, back in 2009, was against none other than Rick Story.

Regardless of outcome, it will be exciting to see Nelson back in the Octagon. One can’t help but be reminded of UFC Dublin, which saw four SBG Ireland fighters victorious on one card, and imagine seeing a similar event come to pass in July – two of SBG elite fighters having their hands raised, on one of the biggest nights in UFC history, and bringing a UFC title back home to SBG Ireland! Good luck to Gunnar Nelson, Conor McGregor and the whole SBG Ireland team as they prepare for Las Vegas!