Gunnar Nelson Joins Conor McGregor at UFC 194
Two SBG Fighters On Huge UFC Card
It is starting to become old news for SBG to be causing a stir at the forefront of MMA. Conor McGregor has gone from a hidden secret to an unprecedented global superstar in a few short years, and single-handedly accounted for one of the biggest events of all time at UFC 189. It will be little surprise if his title unification bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 194 breaks the records he previously set that night, and many fully expect him to become the featherweight champion in due course. But, like at UFC 189, another SBG Ireland fighter with an altogether different public persona will seek to further his own progress in the Octagon.
Gunnar Nelson secured an impressive victory over Brandon Thatch at UFC 189. Dropping Thatch in the first round before controlling him with ease on the ground, taking his back and choking him to submission, Nelson returned to winning ways and reasserted himself in the UFC welterweight picture. From his quiet, stoic public face to his comfortable, controlled win over Thatch, Gunnar Nelson is the personification of SBG’s focus on efficiency in MMA and BJJ. Come December 12th, at UFC 194, Nelson will put that efficiency to the test again when he takes on Demian Maia. Undoubtedly his toughest grappling opponent to date, it has the potential to be one of the best exhibitions of MMA-applicable jiu jitsu in UFC history. Nelson told the Irish Mirror that Maia is “one of the best jiu jitsu guys to ever compete in MMA”, and “one of the few guys who has been able to make his jiu jitsu work properly in MMA”. Despite that, Nelson is excited to grapple with Maia:
“I’m excited to go in there with him, and I think it’s going to be a great fight. I look forward to going to the ground and getting a little feel of what the story is with his game.”
It is testament to Nelson, and the team at SBG Ireland, that Nelson can consider himself one of the few grapplers who have applied their jiu jitsu to MMA effectively, with ten submissions from fourteen profession victories. SBG’s focus of efficient application of fundamentals; aspects of jiu jitsu that can be applied to all arenas, including MMA, can be seen in full effect with Nelson’s impressive UFC submission wins.
Nelson joins McGregor on a card headlined by the UFC featherweight interim champion, and for the second card in a row, it is an event where McGregor’s fight takes precedence over another huge title bout. With little doubt that he is the biggest draw in the UFC, it is important to remember that behind the hype, McGregor, like Nelson, is a proponent and prime example of SBG’s focus on efficiently applied fundamentals. Be sure to watch UFC 194 at the MGM Grand however you can, as SBG’s takeover continues on potentially the biggest stage of all time!