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Rumor of the Day: Gunnar Nelson Headed to the UFC


(Nelson becomes the first man ever to successfully narfle the Garthok at the 2009 ADCC Absolute trials.) 

Crank up the Bjork and start cubing up the Hakarl, because it appears that Icelandic BJJ phenom and undefeated prospect Gunnar Nelson is headed to the UFC.

The 23 year-old welterweight is undoubtedly one of the hottest prospects outside of the UFC, collecting a perfect 9-0-1 record with just one of those wins making it outside of the first round. Nelson has not been to the scorecards since his debut fight — a draw against John Oleson — and has collected six of his nine stoppage wins by way of submission. FightersOnly were the first to break the news, stating that several close sources had already confirmed this report, though an official announcement from inside Nelson’s camp has yet to be made. There have been several rumors claiming that Nelson was headed to the UFC over the past few years, but this time it seems to be happening for serial.

After acquiring his BJJ black belt in just four years, Nelson first burst onto the MMA scene back in 2007, and gained incredible notoriety in 2009 when he defeated the much larger, multiple-time ADCC medalist and UFC veteran Jeff Monson in the first round of the 2009 ADCC Absolute trials. Nelson most recently scored a first round submission via armbar over Alexander Butenko back in February, his fourth straight to come by way of first round submission.

We know some of you Taters have been clamoring about Nelson for what feels like ages now, so it’s good to know that we might finally be able to see just what this kid is capable of in the near future. As will be the case with Hector Lombard and our buddy Ryan Jimmo, 2012 is looking like it could be a make or break year for prospects outside the UFC.

Lucky for you, CagePotato and Youtube have combined their powers to compile an extensive look at Nelson’s background, which awaits you below.

Nelson vs. Driss El Bakara (Nelson’s 2nd Pro Fight)

Nelson vs. Iran Mascarenhas (Nelson’s first KO victory)

Nelson vs. Sam Elsdon (BAMMA 2)

Nelson vs. Eugene Fadiora (BAMMA 4)

Nelson vs. Alexander Betenko

GUNNAR NELSON – A CALM MIND

Learn all you need to know about Nelson’s accolades and more on his website.

-J. Jones

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Snowman- July 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm
It is hard to tell, but he will pick his fights very carefully...
XENOPHON- July 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm
El Chavo - No, you got it right. If he can't pick up the striking fast, he's gonna find it that "laid back" persona gets stomped on, quick.
El Chavo- July 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm
Not to be a Debbie downer here, but the addition of another scrupulous and methodical BJJ ace into the UFC rankings doesn't exactly get me fired up.

I hope to be made to eat my words, Gunnar Nelson.
Mr_Misanthropy- July 3, 2012 at 9:18 pm
Gunnar Nelson- keeping the Earth safe from lizard people one reptilian at a time. Don't look into it's eyes... it'll hypnotize you into craving bath salt!!!!!!!
ChaelsGonads- July 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm
http://severemma.com/2012/07/03/gunnar-nelson-set-to-sign-for-the-ultimate-fighting-championship/
angry little feet- July 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Rumors. Bah! Remember the Bibiano Fernandez fiasco?? I'll believe it when I see his ass inside the octagon.
Ricardo Guitardo- July 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm
Nelson is more marketable for the UFC because he is not going to fail a piss test sometime within the next few months like lombard.
Kid Clam Curtains- July 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm
No "After the Rain" video?
ReX13- July 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm
Yeah, missed opportunity there, Goodtimes.
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