Gunnar Nelson Talks About Time Off & The Future

Gunnar Nelson Talks About Time Off & The Future

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Nelson Talks About His 1st Defeat, His Time Off & Whats Next

The ever-quiet Gunnar Nelson has been off the proverbial MMA map of late since his first ever professional loss last October. Catching up with, the Icelander, who trains with SBG Ireland, talks about his thoughts on the loss, his time off and what the future has in store.

04Gunnar Nelson On His Last Fight

Gunnar Nelson suffered the first defeat of his career back in October, headlining UFC Fight Night Sweden, where he took on Rick Story in a tough, five round contest that saw him lose by split decision. The loss is not something that has kept Nelson down, however, stating that it is a valuable learning experience that will only serve to improve him going forward:

“All of these fights – you learn something every time you get in there whether you win or lose, but especially when you get a tough fight like that. It was a five round war with a lot of back and forth and I lost, so there was a lot to learn from this and I’m taking it with me to the gym every day…  It’s given me a lot of things to work on and a lot of things are already coming together. That kind of fight really helps you grow, so I’m really looking forward to my next one.”

Speaking on his absence since that night in Sweden, Gunnar Nelson says it was always part of the plan. A busy schedule of three UFC fights in the space of nine months also coincided with the birth of a son. Such a busy professional schedule, with fights in Ireland, the UK and Sweden keeping him away from home, meant that it was time to put family first:

“I just went back home and spent some time with my son and with my family, I’ve been training and doing a little bit of snowmobiling and stuff, but mostly I’ve been just spending time with my family.”

04Gunnar Nelson On The Future

But now Gunnar Nelson is looking to refocus his attention to his next bout. He has already declared his desire to join teammate Conor McGregor on the card for UFC 189 in Las Vegas, taking to Twitter to state:

Hoping for a place on the @UFC card in Vegas with my teammate @TheNotoriousMMA

Regardless of if he joins McGregor on that card in Vegas, or if he enters the Octagon anywhere else in the world, one thing is for sure, we are likely to see a new, improved Gunnar Nelson:

“There were some things that I felt that I wasn’t using in my last fight, maybe in my last few fights. I think I got up in certain ways of moving instead of moving freely – that’s what I’m used to, to be honest… That was something that I’ve really focused on doing and as soon as I did it a lot of things just clicked into place. Timing has become more precise and I just feel a lot better in my own body.”

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