UFC 160: Gunnar Nelson vs. Mike Pyle Booked

By Jeremy Green

A UFC welterweight bout will go down at UFC 160 between Gunnar Nelson and Mike Pyle.  This news was reported from MMAJunkie.com in what should be a compelling welterweight bout that means big things for the winner.

Gunnar Nelson is coming off a great unanimous decision win over Jorge Santiago, showcasing that Gunnar can compete with durable veterans in the sport.  Nelson has competent jiu jitsu skills and is always a threat when the fight hits the mat.  He also possesses some unorthodox striking, putting his opponents on their guard.

Mike Pyle is on a three fight win streak, beating durable fighters such as Ricardo Funch, Josh Neer, and James Head.  Pyle is one of the most experienced fighters in the UFC’s welterweight division, possessing an overall record of 24-8-1.  Pyle has knockout power in his hands, and can win the fight in seconds when it hits the ground.

This will be a huge test for Gunnar as Pyle has a well-rounded game.  If Gunnar is able to come out with a win, it will show that he is ready to face the elite in the division.  In terms of styles, they both have dynamic grappling skills.  Gunnar likes to force the issue against his opponents, and has smooth transition when on top.  Pyle has an exceptional guillotine, so Gunnar will have to look sharp to avoid getting caught in something.

The winner of this bout moves up the welterweight ladder, where George St. Pierre is currently at the top.  GSP will be facing Nick Diaz for the title, and the winner of Gunnar vs. Pyle may very well be on their way to a title shot if they win in impressive fashion.

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