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Gunnar Nelson Closes In On A UFC Record After The Most Impressive Victory Of His Career

Gunnar Nelson Closes In On A UFC Record After The Most Impressive Victory Of His Career

SBG's Icelandic import Gunni Nelson rebounded from a defeat at the hands and arms of Demian Maia with a career-best victory over Albert Tumenov at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam.

The 27-year-old Nelson laid a beat-down on the 13-ranked Tumenov (17-3), who entered the contest on the back of a five-fight win streak. The Ice Man becomes the first fighter to stop Tumenov.

Nelson's striking was much improved from the Maia fight in the opening exchanges as he imposed his speed advantage on his Russian adversary. In round one, after a number of sharp left hooks landed clean on Tumenov, Nelson brought the contest to the floor. He expertly manouevered Tumenov's hand away from his hip before taking up the mount and peppering the struggling Tumenov with elbows.

Tumenov never really recovered between rounds, and fight was called off at the 3:15 mark of the second stanza, as a dominant and more agile-looking Nelson locked in a rear-naked choke to finish the job.

With the victory, his record improves to 15-2-1 (6-2 UFC). His five victories by submission in the UFC welterweight division put him level with Matt Hughes for the second-most ever, one behind Chris Lytle with six.

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And the MMA world was seriously impressed with Nelson's performance:

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Earlier on Sunday afternoon, there was disappointing news for Neil Seery.

Gavan Casey
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Former handwriting champion. Was violently bitten by a pelican at Fota Wildlife Park in 2001.

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