One man is described as an emotionless submission expert whose eyes look through you rather than at you, the other is a veteran UFC fighter who was once thought to be the next big contender at welterweight. In fact, the latter is the only man to defeat current welterweight champ, Johny Hendricks, in a non-title UFC bout. Gunnar Nelson, the undefeated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt has been scheduled to take on the always tough Rick Story in a five round fight that will serve as the main event at a UFC Fight Night that will take place in Stockholm, Sweden.
These men have been scrambling to position themselves to spring up the welterweight rankings for years. Battling through injury, losses, and up and down momentum, both Story and Nelson find themselves matched up against each other in a pivotal matchup that will, without a doubt, determine their career track in the future. A track that both men hope will go all the way to the top.
Speaking of heading toward the top, Gunnar ‘Gunni’ Nelson has a very impressive undefeated record that, thus far, has pointed straight to the top. Sitting at 13-0-1, Nelson is 4-0 in the UFC with 3 submissions. He last fought in his adopted home of Dublin, Ireland, as the co-main event under his teammate, Conor McGregor. Nelson hasn’t been much challenged thus far in his UFC career, never seemingly out of his comfort zone, he has a potent mix of karate-esque standup and absolutely deadly submissions, Nelson is a handful for any fighter.
Story, also a grappler, has made a career of bullying and overpowering people. Story is the kind of fighter who will march straight across the cage, slam a punch into your jaw, pick you up and dump you on your head. He’s not flashy, but he is effective, and most importantly, he’s getting better. Story doesn’t have a stellar record, sitting at 4-5 in his last nine fights, Story has been up and down, in his career for the past 3 years. Ever since he was upset by Charlie Brenneman in 2011, Story hasn’t been able to put two wins together. Many are wondering why he was matched against a surging contender in Gunnar Nelson.
The fact of the matter is that both Nelson and Story are talented, tough fighters who, at any chance, could end this fight in the blink of an eye. It’s a worthy Fight Pass main event and is not one to be missed.
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Tags: Gunnar Nelson, Johny Hendricks, MMA, Rick Story, UFC, Welterweight