Gunnar Nelson Returns At UFC London Against Cláudio Silva

Gunnar Nelson is back.

Nelson, who has not fought since September of 2019, is set to return at UFC London on March 19 against Cláudio Silva. The news was first reported by MMA journalist Alfredo Zullino. Several outlets have since confirmed the new…

Gunnar Nelson

Gunnar Nelson is back.

Nelson, who has not fought since September of 2019, is set to return at UFC London on March 19 against Cláudio Silva. The news was first reported by MMA journalist Alfredo Zullino. Several outlets have since confirmed the news. The main event of the UFC London card at the 02 Arena sees Tom Aspinall take on Alexander Volkov.

Gunnar Nelson (17-5-1) last fought at UFC Copenhagen in 2019 where he suffered a decision loss to Gilbert Burns. It was his second loss in a row after dropping a split decision to Leon Edwards at UFC London in Mach of 2019. The Icelandic fighter just recently signed a new multi-fight deal with the promotion and hinted at a fight being announced soon.

Nelson has been in the UFC since 2012 and is 8-5 inside the Octagon. He holds notable wins over Alex Oliveira, Zak Cummings, Omari Akhmedov, and Alan Jouban among others. He has headlined a UFC event as well but lost by first-round KO to Santiago Ponzinibbio.

UFC London: Catch up with Claudio Silva before fight vs. Danny Roberts
Cláudio Silva

Cláudio Silva (14-3) is also riding a two-fight losing streak as he is coming off a loss to Court McGee by decision in May of 2021. His other loss came at the hands of James Krause in October of 2020.

Prior to the setbacks, Silva was on a 14-fight winning streak and was 5-0 in the UFC, including wins over Leon Edwards, Nordine Taleb, and Danny Roberts among others.

With the addition of Nelson vs. Silva at UFC London, the card is as follows:

  • Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall
  • Arnold Allen vs. Dan Hooker
  • Gunnar Nelson vs. Cláudio Silva
  • Jake Hadley vs. Allan Nascimento
  • Luana Carolina vs. Molly McCann
  • Cody Durden vs. Muhammad Mokaev
  • Makwan Amirkhani vs. Mike Grundy
  • Jack Shore vs. Timur Valiev
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Sergei Pavlovich

Who do you think will win, Gunnar Nelson or Cláudio Silva?

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Gunnar Nelson Signs New Deal With The UFC, Teases Fight Announcement

Gunnar Nelson will be coming back soon.

Nelson, who last fought in September of 2019 where he lost to Gilbert Burns, has not been heard from for over two years. There has been little talk of his next fight, but the Icelandic fighter announced on so…

Gunnar Nelson

Gunnar Nelson will be coming back soon.

Nelson, who last fought in September of 2019 where he lost to Gilbert Burns, has not been heard from for over two years. There has been little talk of his next fight, but the Icelandic fighter announced on social media he has inked a new multi-fight deal with the UFC. He also teased a fight announcement.

“New multi-fight contract signed with the @ufc. Hopefully a fight announcement coming soon,” Nelson wrote on social media.

Before the loss to decision loss to Burns at UFC Copenhagen, he suffered a split decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC London in March of 2019. Before the back-to-back setbacks, he picked up a submission win over Alex Oliveira in a violent fight at UFC 231.

Gunnar Nelson
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Nelson has been in the UFC since 2012 and is 8-5 inside the Octagon, including headlining a card against Santiago Ponzinibbio, where he was knocked out in the first round. He does hold notable wins over Alan Jouban, Zak Cummings, Omari Akhmedov, and Albert Tumenov.

Part of the reason why Nelson has not fought is due to injuries and back in December, he opened up about it to MMAFighting’s MMA Hour.

“It takes a long time, and it can be so crippling,” Nelson said of the back-to-back rib injuries that have now kept him out of the cage for over two years. “They’re just terrible. It was at the top here, so the top ribs, so it affects the shoulder, it affects the breathing, it affects everything.”

At this time, it’s uncertain the 33-year-old when he will fight again and who it will be against. However, the UFC London card serves as a likely date for Nelson to make his return back in Europe.

Who would you like to see Gunnar Nelson fight in his return?

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John Kavanagh Suggests Khamzat Chimaev Should Fight Gunnar Nelson

John KavanaghJohn Kavanagh, the coach of Gunnar Nelson suggests that Khamzat Chimaev should fight his pupil at the UFC London card. Kavanagh noted that it would be a short flight for both of the fighters as well. With how good Chimaev has looked in his short time with the UFC, it may be a short fight […]

John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh, the coach of Gunnar Nelson suggests that Khamzat Chimaev should fight his pupil at the UFC London card.

Kavanagh noted that it would be a short flight for both of the fighters as well. With how good Chimaev has looked in his short time with the UFC, it may be a short fight as well. Chimaev tends to finish all of his opponents in just a few minutes and in some cases, shorter than that. Kavanagh took to Twitter to possibly sell the fight to both fighters.

“its been very interesting watching the rise of the uber talented and charismatic @KChimaev . @ufc is coming to London in March. as a fan i’d love to see him fight @GunniNelson . short flight to london for both of them….what you guys think? @seanshelby @HalliNelson”

John Kavanagh’s matchup between Nelson and Chimaev may be a tough sell

Nelson is a very talented fighter, but hasn’t fought in over two years. That’s what makes this a tough sell for Chimaev, who has decimated his opposition and recently mauled a top 15 contender in the welterweight division. Throwing Nelson to ‘The Wolf’ for his first fight back seems unfair to him as well. Chimaev is not only one of the most popular fighters in the UFC, but he is also one of the scariest in the entire promotion.

Khamzat Chimaev has his sights on a top five contender and the name that keeps popping up is Gilbert Burns. Burns would be a big step up in Chimaev’s career and would be a true test of his abilities. Burns fought for the welterweight title against Kamaru Usman back in Feb. of this year. If Chimaev is able to capture a win against Burns, that could put him up next for a title shot after Leon Edwards.

Do you think a match between Khamzat Chimaev and Gunnar Nelson makes sense?

Gunnar Nelson Targeting Return In March According To John Kavanagh

Gunnar Nelson is closing in on his return to the Octagon. Nelson has not fought since he lost to Gilbert Burns in September of 2019 by decision at UFC Copenhagen. It was his second straight loss after he lost a split decision to Leon Edwards at UFC Lon…

Gunnar Nelson is closing in on his return to the Octagon. Nelson has not fought since he lost to Gilbert Burns in September of 2019 by decision at UFC Copenhagen. It was his second straight loss after he lost a split decision to Leon Edwards at UFC London in March of 2019. Since the loss […]

UFC Copenhagen Highlights: Gilbert Burns Decisions Gunnar Nelson

Gilbert Burns decisions Gunnar Nelson at UFC Copenhagen. The two fighters met in a welterweight bout at the UFC Copenhagen event on ESPN+ from the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. This was a fight that saw both men go back and forth as they had thei…

Gilbert Burns decisions Gunnar Nelson at UFC Copenhagen. The two fighters met in a welterweight bout at the UFC Copenhagen event on ESPN+ from the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark. This was a fight that saw both men go back and forth as they had their moments in each round not only striking but on […]

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Gilbert Burns Bests Gunnar Nelson – UFC Copenhagen Results

Next up at UFC Copenhagen is a grappling fest between Gilbert Burns and Gunnar Nelson. Round 1: Nelson catches a kick but Burns backs him off with a hook. Leg kick from Nelson connects. A nice combination connects for Nelson. Burns returns with a leg kick. Nice side kick to the body lands for Nelson, […]

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Next up at UFC Copenhagen is a grappling fest between Gilbert Burns and Gunnar Nelson.

Round 1:

Nelson catches a kick but Burns backs him off with a hook. Leg kick from Nelson connects. A nice combination connects for Nelson. Burns returns with a leg kick. Nice side kick to the body lands for Nelson, but Burns lands a nice strike inside the pocket. A takedown from Nelson and he tries to get from a posture position to top position. Burns threatens with a leg lock but Nelson ends the round postured up.

Round 2:

Big leg kicks from Nelson to open the round, he shoots in on a takedown and eats some shots before getting Burns against the cage. They separate and Burns lands a big right hand. A brief clinch up again but that doesn’t last long. Back clinch from Nelson, but Burns gets a judo throw, Nelson gets to his feet but Burns locks up the neck. He’s threatening an anaconda choke now. Nelson slips out and Burns goes to work from the top to end the round.

Round 3:

Nelson shoots in on a takedown against the cage but Burns defends nicely. Burns lands a nice shot to get separation and Nelson responds with a leg kick. Burns gets a big slam takedown with 30 seconds left in the round. Tries to take the back but Nelson gets to his feet, only to have Burns stuck on him against the cage. The round comes to an end.

Official Result: Gilbert Burns def. Gunnar Nelson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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