Gunnar Nelson continued to show why he’s one of the top UFC prospects in the welterweight division at Fight Night 46 in Dublin, Ireland. He maintained his undefeated record by submitting Zak Cummings in the second round of their co-main event bout. It marked Nelson’s second straight Performance of the Night effort.
Nelson took control of the contest in the middle frame after a fairly competitive opening round. Nelson began landing strong right hands and eventually would take Cummings to the mat late in the frame. The submission specialist would lock in a body triangle and soften his opponent up with a series of punches. Nelson was able to finish the proceedings at the 4:48 mark against a bloodied Cummings by locking in a rear-naked choke that forced his opponent to tap. The loss snapped Cummings’ four-fight win streak.
The 25-year-old Nelson improved to 13-0-1 with the victory and is inching his way towards top-10 territory. There’s no denying that he has emerged as a legitimate threat in the 170-pound weight class. The Icelandic fighter has produced 12 finishes by knockout or submission and is 4-0 inside the Octagon. He asked for a top-five or top-10 opponent next, and fully deserves opportunity.
“Gunni” came to the organization with plenty of advance hype and so far has more than lived up to it. He’s a tough chore for any 170-pound competitor. The prospects of Nelson facing unbeaten former TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum or title contender Rory MacDonald, would be two very attractive options to consider for his next Octagon appearance.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports