Gunnar Nelson Open To ‘Exciting Matchup’ With Ben Askren

Gunnar Nelson believes a welterweight contest between him and Ben Askren would be an exciting matchup given their styles. Askren suffered a five-second flying knee knockout against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 in what was his first professional loss. However, Nelson was not impressed with Askren’s UFC debut fight against Robbie Lawler either, and believes […]

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Gunnar Nelson believes a welterweight contest between him and Ben Askren would be an exciting matchup given their styles.

Askren suffered a five-second flying knee knockout against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 in what was his first professional loss. However, Nelson was not impressed with Askren’s UFC debut fight against Robbie Lawler either, and believes he was lucky to come away with the win that night:

“I think he was probably a bit lucky in that fight against Robbie Lawler, I think you’d probably agree with that,” Nelson told MMAFighting’s Eurobash podcast. “He got caught with some sh*t and then he got that choke that wasn’t really on.

“The referee thought Robbie was out, but he wasn’t. I think he got an easy out there. It did not look good when stood up after a few [big shots] from Robbie. I don’t know, he looks quite slow.”

That said, “Gunni” is still intrigued by a fight with Askren. Askren, of course, specializes in wrestling while Nelson is a submission wizard and one of the top level grapplers in the welterweight division.

Because of those reasons, he believes them clashing could be “very interesting”:

“I think it would be a very exciting matchup. I’d love to fight Askren at some point,” Nelson added. “He’s a good grappler and he has his own style. I think it would be interesting. He’s done really well, but his striking definitely needs some brushing up.

“In the grappling department he’s good; he’s good at keeping guys down, beating on them and wearing them out. I don’t think he has my submission skills, but he’s obviously decorated in wrestling. I’ve never competed in wrestling so he’d be really good in that area. It could be very interesting.”

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Gunnar Nelson Eyeing Fight Against Ben Askren

Gunnar Nelson is one of the top grapplers in the welterweight division and is eyeing a bout against one of the top wrestlers in Ben Askren. Nelson believes “Funky” got lucky against Robbie Lawler and says he looks slow to start his UFC tenu…

Gunnar Nelson is one of the top grapplers in the welterweight division and is eyeing a bout against one of the top wrestlers in Ben Askren. Nelson believes “Funky” got lucky against Robbie Lawler and says he looks slow to start his UFC tenure. “I think he was probably a bit lucky in that fight […]

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Gunnar Nelson vs. Thiago Alves Added To UFC Copenhagen

The first addition to the UFC’s debut event in Copenhagen is official as Gunnar Nelson meets Thiago Alves in a welterweight contest. It was announced by the promotion on Wednesday. Nelson is coming off a split decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC London and is also 1-2 in his last three fights. He will […]

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The first addition to the UFC’s debut event in Copenhagen is official as Gunnar Nelson meets Thiago Alves in a welterweight contest.

It was announced by the promotion on Wednesday.

Nelson is coming off a split decision loss to Leon Edwards at UFC London and is also 1-2 in his last three fights. He will look to establish a winning streak and climb the ranks further with a win against Alves.

As for Alves, the Brazilian is 1-3 in his last four fights and was most recently outpointed by Laureano Staropoli at UFC 237 last month in Brazil. His only win was a controversial split decision against Max Griffin earlier this year.

UFC Copenhagen takes place September 28 at the Royal Arena. The UFC announced it would travel to Denmark earlier this month with tickets recently going on sale. There is no main event booked as of now, however, UFC middleweight Jack Hermansson has called to headline the event against Kelvin Gastelum.

Expect more fight announcements in the coming weeks.

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Gunnar Nelson vs. Thiago Alves Announced for UFC on ESPN+ 18

The UFC has announced a welterweight bout for UFC on ESPN+ 18 scheduled for September 28, with Gunnar Nelson takes on Thiago Alves. Gunnar Nelson (17-4-1) has lost two of his last three bouts, with the first of the losses coming to Santiago Ponzinibbio…

The UFC has announced a welterweight bout for UFC on ESPN+ 18 scheduled for September 28, with Gunnar Nelson takes on Thiago Alves. Gunnar Nelson (17-4-1) has lost two of his last three bouts, with the first of the losses coming to Santiago Ponzinibbio in 2017 and the second loss coming at the hands of […]

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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…