TORONTO – UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson was firing on all cylinders upfront of a gathering in opposition to Neil Magny at UFC Battle Night time 130. Then the damage bug bit.
Not solely was Nelson (16-Three-1 MMA, 7-Three UFC) pressured to rehabilitate his knee, however he couldn’t assist his longtime coaching associate Conor McGregor (21-Four MMA, 9-2 UFC) for a pivotal struggle in opposition to light-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov (27-Zero MMA, 11-Zero UFC) at UFC 229.
“I might have perhaps accomplished some proper on the finish, however he had all the things deliberate out,” stated Nelson, who on Saturday meets Alex Oliveira (19-5-1 MMA, 9-Three UFC) at UFC 231, which takes place at Scotiabank Enviornment in Toronto, Ontario. The occasion’s essential card airs dwell on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Battle Go.
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The perpetually understated fighter stated it was “just a little troublesome” to observe McGregor get submitted by Nurmagomedov. However the subsequent time the light-weight stars meet, Nelson will probably be there.
“I believe for the following one, and I imagine there will probably be one other one sooner or later, I’ll be there for his camp for positive,” Nelson stated.
Understandably, Nelson didn’t need to give away the sport plan he would push for McGregor’s rematch. However he stated fighters who face Nurmagomedov regularly put themselves at a drawback by inviting grappling exchanges with the champ.
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“You don’t need to sit in his world, and guys have a tendency to do this just a little bit,” Nelson stated. “We noticed Al Iaquinta. He did fairly nicely. He was in a position to tweak his technique just a little bit, however guys appear to get caught in his world, and that’s his world.”
Nelson’s world now not is solely the canvas. Though he rode to UFC stardom on his jiu-jitsu abilities, he known as his present strategy a “soup” of strategies that enable him to really feel snug in all places.
And now that he’s really wholesome, he can put all of them to make use of. Subsequent time he’s in camp with McGregor, he’ll assist the Irish star use his to get revenge.
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