Look at how clean shaven you are in this pic. I thought we were going to grow matching goatees, homie.
After years of wild speculation, it looks like the rumors are finally true. The UFC has announced that the organization has signed twenty-three year old Icelandic grappling phenom Gunnar Nelson. Nelson, who is 9-0-1 in MMA competition, has earned all victories by stoppage – eight of which came in the first round. Aside from a draw against John Olesen in his MMA debut, his only fight that made it to the second round was a second round knockout against Iran Mascarenhas back in 2008.
Although we’ve recently seen signings fall through before the fighter has made his UFC debut, it’s being reported that the Renzo Gracie black belt will face the Pascal Krauss, a twenty-five year old German with a decorated boxing background, at UFC on Fuel TV 5 on September 29. “Panzer” made his UFC debut at UFC 122 back in 2010, taking a unanimous decision over Mark Scanlon. However, Krauss would then sit out for seventeen months rehabilitating an injury. He lost his return bout against John Hathaway at UFC on Fox 3 back in May.
UFC on Fuel TV 5, aka UFC Nottingham, is shaping up to be a pretty good card for a free event. Headlined by a heavyweight bout between Stipe Miocic vs. Stefan Struve, the card also features Dan Hardy vs. Amir Sadollah and Che Mills vs. Duane Ludwig. We’ll keep you up-to-date as this card continues to fill out.