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Gunnar Nelson

Gunnar "Gunni" Nelson

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  • Given Name: Gunnar Lúðvík Nelson
  • MMA Record: 16-3-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Gunni
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 29 | Date of Birth: 1988.07.28
  • Last Fight: July 16, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Straight Blast Gym Ireland
  • Height: 5'11" (181cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $333,000 USD
  • Born: Akureyri, Iceland
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site  |  Instagram

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Gunnar Nelson MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:22 Round 1 of 5

Ar Santiago Ponzinibbio
16-2-1 24-3-0

Gb UFC Fight Night 113: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2017.07.16
Odds: -180 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
UFC Fight Night 113 Performance of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
0:46 Round 2 of 3, 5:46 Total

Us Alan Jouban
15-2-1 15-4-0

Gb UFC Fight Night 107: Manuwa vs. Anderson
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2017.03.18
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
#19 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2017
UFC Fight Night 107 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Dong Hyun Kim UFC UFN 99 2016.11.19
Reason: Nelson Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
3:15 Round 2 of 3, 8:15 Total

Ru Albert Tumenov
14-2-1 17-2-0

Nl UFC Fight Night 87: Overeem vs. Arlovski
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.05.08
Odds: +135 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
#16 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2016
UFC Fight Night 87 Performance of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Demian Maia
14-1-1 21-6-0

Us UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.12.12
Odds: -120 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $75,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Submission | Choke
2:54 Round 1 of 3

Us Brandon Thatch
13-1-1 11-2-0

Us UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.07.11
Odds: +155 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $58,000 ($29K Base, $29K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Walkout Music: Hjálmar - Leiðin Okkar Allra
#37 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
Cancelled Bout John Hathaway UFC 189 2015.07.11
Reason: Hathaway Injury
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Rick Story
13-0-1 17-8-0

Se UFC Fight Night 53: Nelson vs. Story
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.10.04
Odds: -370 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Win | Submission | Choke
4:48 Round 2 of 3, 9:48 Total

Us Zak Cummings
12-0-1 17-3-0

Ie UFC Fight Night 46: McGregor vs. Brandao
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.07.19
Odds: -750 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
UFC Fight Night 46 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Ryan LaFlare UFC UFN 46 2014.07.19
Reason: LaFlare Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
4:36 Round 1 of 3

Ru Omari Akhmedov
11-0-1 13-1-0

Gb UFC Fight Night 37: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.03.08
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Grant Waterman
#20 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2014
UFC Fight Night 37 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Mike Pyle UFC 160 2013.05.25
Reason: Nelson Injury
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Jorge Santiago
10-0-1 25-10-0

Gb UFC on FUEL TV 7: Barao vs. McDonald
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.02.16
Odds: -345 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Cancelled Bout Justin Edwards UFC on FUEL TV 7 2013.02.16
Reason: Edwards Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
3:34 Round 1 of 3

Us DaMarques Johnson
9-0-1 16-11-0

Gb UFC on FUEL TV 5: Struve vs. Miocic
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 183 lbs

2012.09.29
Odds: -375 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 175.0 lbs (79.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Rich Attonito UFC on FUEL TV 5 2012.09.29
Reason: Attonito Withdrew
Cancelled Bout Pascal Krauss UFC on FUEL TV 5 2012.09.29
Reason: Krauss Chest Injury
Win | Submission | Armlock
4:21 Round 1 of 3

Ua Alexander Butenko
8-0-1 16-5-0

Ie Cage Contender 12
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.02.25
Odds: -975 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 168.0 lbs (76.2 kgs)
Win | Submission | Choke

Gb Eugene Fadiora

Gb BAMMA

2010.09.25
Win | Submission | Choke

En Danny Mitchell

Gb Cage Contender

2010.08.28
Win | Submission | Choke

Gb Sam Elsdon

Gb BAMMA

2010.02.13
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Iran Mascarenhas

Dk Denmark Regional

2008.09.06
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Gb Barry Mairs

Gb Angrrr Management

2007.12.09
Win | Submission | Punches

Nl Niek Tromp

Ie Ireland Regional

2007.11.24
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Pl Adam Slawinski

Ie Ireland Regional

2007.10.06
Win | Submission | Armlock

Fr Driss El Bakara

Ie Cage Rage

2007.09.29
Draw | Split

Nz John Olesen

Dk Denmark Regional

2007.05.05

Gunnar Nelson Wiki Update Wiki

The Iceland native is a world class Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner who received his black belt from Renzo Gracie in 2009. Nelson competed in multiple ADCC tournaments with great success. He also holds a black belt in Gōjū-ryū which is a style of Karate. Gunnar fought for the first time in MMA in 2007 fighting to a draw. After that he would win his next five fights before taking a break from the MMA game. He would return in 2010 and win three more times before taking another break. In February of 2012 he would return to the sport finishing his opponent with an arm-bar in the first round.


Nelson would make his UFC debut at UFC on Fuel TV 5 against Damarques Johnson. Nelson submitted Johnson via rear naked choke in the first round proving that he could be a new prospect to keep an eye on.


At UFC on Fuel: Barao vs McDonald, Nelson's stock would only rise. Nelson would come out victorious with a unanimous decision victory over former Sengoku Middleweight Champion, Jorge Santiago with judges scores of 29-28, 29-28, 30-27. His next test would be against Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night 17. He would finish him in the first round with a guillotine choke also earning the Performance of the Night bonus. He would pick up another Performance of the Night bonus when he submitted Zak Cummings in the second round with a rear naked choke. In his next bout however the highly touted prospect would drop a Split Decision to Rick Story marking the first loss in his professional career.

Last updated 10.10.2014, 9:15 AM ET
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