UFC London Results: Leon Edwards Edges Out Gunnar Nelson In Close Fight

Leon Edwards will meet Gunnar Nelson in the co-main event of the evening in an important welterweight bout on UFC on ESPN+ 5. As always, LowkickMMA will have you covered with all the results from UFC London as they happen. The UK’s Edwards (16-3) has been on a tear in the 170-pound division. “Rocky” has […]

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Leon Edwards will meet Gunnar Nelson in the co-main event of the evening in an important welterweight bout on UFC on ESPN+ 5.

As always, LowkickMMA will have you covered with all the results from UFC London as they happen.

The UK’s Edwards (16-3) has been on a tear in the 170-pound division. “Rocky” has rattled off six straight wins. He most recently defeated Donald Cerrone last June. As for Nelson (17-3-1). After a controversial loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in July of 2017, “Gunni” bounced back with a submission victory over Alex Oliveira at UFC 231 last December.

Round One

Edwards takes the center of the Octagon as Nelson bounces in his traditional karate style. Nelson lands a hard body kick and clinches Edwards against the cage. Edwards tries to escape but Nelson slams him back down to the canvas. Nelson looks to trap Edwards’ legs but Edwards fights his way back up. The British fighter manages to trip Nelson and he looks to take Nelson’s back. However, the cage is in his way. Less than two minutes to go and it is more of a chess match at this point. Both men are fighting for wrist control, but Edwards is the one threatening. Not much action going on, but Nelson does manage to get back to his feet. The round ends with the men looking at each other.

Round Two

Edwards quickly rushes to the center of the cage and throws a leg kick. Nelson throws a range finding jab. He times a leaping straight left hand but misses the mark. Edwards connects on a one-two as Nelson comes in for a takedown. Edwards lands a knee to the body of Nelson and escapes throwing an elbow. Nelson clinches and presses the British fighter against the cage. He cracks Edwards with a right hand on the break. Nelson leaps in with a right hand but Edwards uses his footwork well there. Nelson, however, lands a hard knee to the body. He lunges in with a back and and clinches Edwards again. He clips Edwards with a right hand on the break. Edwards blasts Nelson with a left elbow. Nelson drops. He pounces and drops bombs on Nelson. The fight could be stopped. Somehow Nelson survives the round ends.

Round Three

They touch gloves to start. Both men seem to have a slower pace here to start. Nelson shoots a deep takedown. Edwards has done a great job defending takedowns all night. They break and, again, Nelson looks for a punch, but Edwards was not there. Nelson drops his hands and closes the distance but Edwards quickly gains double underhooks and defends. He spins and threatens Nelson with a takedown. He lets Nelson up. Nelson lands a leaping right hand, Edwards drops. Nelson ends up in top control but he only has 40 seconds to work. He is landing some punches but he likely needs more. Edwards is holding on. The fight ends.

Leon Edwards defeats Gunnar Nelson via spl decision (28-29, 29-27, 29-28)

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UFC Fight Night 147 Predictions: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Picks

The UFC is heading to London on Saturday for Fight Night 147 where the British crowd figures to be firmly behind native son Darren Till when he takes on Jorge Masvidal…

The UFC is heading to London on Saturday for Fight Night 147 where the British crowd figures to be firmly behind native son Darren Till when he takes on Jorge Masvidal…

Gunnar Nelson Was Targeting Masvidal Or Till Before Landing Leon Edwards Bout

Before the UFC announced Jorge Masvidal as Darren Till’s opponent for the UFC London headliner, several fighters were trying to get the slot. That includes longtime UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson. However, after Till vs. Masvidal was booked, Nels…

Before the UFC announced Jorge Masvidal as Darren Till’s opponent for the UFC London headliner, several fighters were trying to get the slot. That includes longtime UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson. However, after Till vs. Masvidal was booked, Nelson was then matched up against Leon Edwards. Nelson comes off a big submission win over Alex Oliveira. […]

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Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson Set For UFC London Co-Headliner

Lean Edwards and Gunnar Nelson will co-headline UFC Fight Night London when the Octagon returns to the United Kingdom. UFC on ESPN+ 5 on March 16 will mark the return to the O2 Arena in London, England. Matchmakers have already been hard at work assembling one heck of a card. With news breaking earlier today […]

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Lean Edwards and Gunnar Nelson will co-headline UFC Fight Night London when the Octagon returns to the United Kingdom.

UFC on ESPN+ 5 on March 16 will mark the return to the O2 Arena in London, England. Matchmakers have already been hard at work assembling one heck of a card. With news breaking earlier today of a Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal main event, UK fans are in for a treat.

A welterweight bout between Leon Edwards and Gunnar Nelson will serve as the co-main event. Brett Okamoto of ESPN was the first to share the news:

Edwards is riding a six-fight winning streak that dates back to June of 2016. He most recently defeated Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 132 in July.

Nelson recently bounced back from a disappointing loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio with a win over Alex Oliveira at UFC 231. The victory was called one of the most gruesome bouts of 2018, and for good reason.

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Gunnar Nelson Advocates for Elimination of Weight Cutting in MMA

Weight cutting has been one of the most problematic issues in the sport of mixed martial arts, and there have been multiple solutions presented that could help combat it. One solution is to increase the weight classes, with a weight class for every 10 …

Weight cutting has been one of the most problematic issues in the sport of mixed martial arts, and there have been multiple solutions presented that could help combat it. One solution is to increase the weight classes, with a weight class for every 10 pounds, including the long-rumored 165-pound division. Earlier this year, Dana White […]

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Gunnar Nelson Regrets Not Helping Conor McGregor For Khabib Match-Up

Gunnar Nelson was forced to miss Conor McGregor’s UFC 229 training camp with a knee injury, and he’s been feeling guilty ever since. Nelson’s lingering knee injury also kept him out of a welterweight bout with Neil Magny at UFC Liverpool. “The Notorious” star and Nelson have been training partners and good friends for some time. […]

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Gunnar Nelson was forced to miss Conor McGregor’s UFC 229 training camp with a knee injury, and he’s been feeling guilty ever since.

Nelson’s lingering knee injury also kept him out of a welterweight bout with Neil Magny at UFC Liverpool.

“The Notorious” star and Nelson have been training partners and good friends for some time. That, perhaps, is one of the main reasons why Nelson took McGregor’s loss personally.

“That was mostly because of my knee, you know,” he told Peter Carroll when asked about the UFC 229 camp on a recent episode of Eurobash. “When the whole [camp] was starting, I wasn’t training, I couldn’t do much and it seemed like Conor has a pretty good team around him, as usual.”

Things didnt get any easier for Nelson after UFC 229, as he wished he had been more involved after the fight had taken place.

“After the fight I was thinking, ‘Man, I should’ve been there,’ and I was saying that to my coach John [Kavanagh],” he remembered. “He said to me, ‘To be fair, you were hurt, you couldn’t really train.’ It would have been only the last bit of the camp that I would have been able to take part in, I guess.”

Nelson is now back to full strength as demonstrated in his tremendous win over Alex Oliveira at UFC 231. And the Icelandic contender is more than ready to assist his Irish friend in the rematch he so desperately seeks.

Nelson said: “Definitely, for the rematch, I will be there with Conor getting ready.”

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