Gunnar Nelson Submitted Alex Oliveira Via RNC!!!
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Gunnar Nelson submitted Alex Oliveira in the second round at UFC 231. Oliveira started the action with some violent kicks to Nelson’s lead leg. Gunnar tied up Oliveira setting up take down all the while eating elbows from the Brazilian. Alex defended the take down by grabbing the cage. This prompted a stop in the action and warning from the referee. When the fight resumed, Nelson finished the take down and secured a body triangle on Oliveira’s back. The round continued with some shots from Nelson. Oliveira was able to escape and deliver some blows of his own from inside Nelson’s guard. A flurry of action closed the round.
In the second round, the pair found themselves against the cage; jockeying for dominate position. Nelson was able to score a hard fought take down and obtained full mount. Oliveira expertly stifled Nelson’s offense. The action continued. Around the one minute mark, Nelson delivered an elbow from hell and sliced the Brazilian open. Blood is everywhere. It makes some horror movies look tame by comparison. Oliveira rolls to his side and Nelson sinks in a rear naked choke. Alex would later receive 29 stiches from the blow.
Nelson told MMAjunkie, “I feel good, in the fight, the first round didn’t play out as planned, obviously, but some success, and some not-so-great moments. But overall, it was a tough fight. It was a good thing to come back and reminds you what this sport is. It’s a tough, tough fight game and I have some nice things to take back to the gym now.” He continues, “I was just thinking, ‘The choke is going to be slippery and nice. I stayed in mount for a while. It had been a tough few minutes before, and I do believe he was a bit tired, as well. He did a lot of work trying to finish me – a lot of punches he was raining, a lot of them were hitting glove. So I knew he had put out a lot of energy.”
The fight makes Gunnar’s record 17 wins, 3 losses and 1 no contest. Of his 11 fights in the UFC he has lost 3. It is always a pleasure to watch his impressive skillset in Gōjū-ryū Karate as well as a black belt in Jiu Jitsu from the legendary Renzo Gracie. It will be exciting to see what the future holds for him.
Here is a quick recap of the rest of the card:
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Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega — Holloway def. Ortega by TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of Round Four
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk — Shevchenko def. Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision (49-46 x3)
Gunnar Nelson vs. Alex Oliveira — Nelson def. Oliveira by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:17 of Round Two
Kyle Bochniak vs. Hakeem Dawodu — Dawodu def. Bochniak by split decision (28-29, 30-27 x2)
Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos — Santos def. Manuwa by KO (punch) at 0:41 of Round Two
Nina Ansaroff vs. Claudia Gadelha — Ansaroff def. Gadelha by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns — Burns def. Aubin-Mercier by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Jessica Eye — Eye def. Chookagian by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Eryk Anders vs. Elias Theodorou — Theodorou def. Anders by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Brad Katona vs. Matthew Lopez — Katona def. Lopez by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima — Lima def. Laprise by KO (punch) at 1:37 of Round One
Diego Ferreira vs. Kyle Nelson — Ferreira def. Nelson by TKO (punches) at 1:23 of Round Two
Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakic — Rakic def. Clark by TKO (back fist and punches) at 4:05 of Round One
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