BJJ wizard Gunnar ‘Gunni’ Nelson was preparing for a welterweight showdown against former title challenger and Muay Thai specialist Thiago ‘Pitbull’ Alves on the UFC Copenhagen card.
That however could not happen as Alves pulled out of the bout citing an injury. To save the day however stepped in another decorated BJJ specialist in Gilbert ‘Durinho’ Burns further setting up a dream fight for the grappling community.
The complete opposite change of style of opponents might have not went well with Nelson as he suffered a unanimous decision loss against Burns. The loss made it 1-3 for Nelson in his last four fights which definitely does not pay justice to the talent he possesses. Nelson addressed the defeat on social media. Nelson also revealed that he will be welcoming a baby girl soon and will bring back an improved version of himself. (via Instagram):
“I wanna thank the people who helped me prepare for this fight, my team, coaches, training partners, family, sponsors and all my fans and the support I always get, the energy in the Royal Arena was electric.
I wanna thank Gilbert Burns for taking the fight on a short notice and congratulate him. All the best too you. We didn’t get the results that we wanted and that really hurts but it is a change to learn and there is lots of room for improvement, ill be back in the gym working ASAP!! As for right now i will spend time with my family we are having a baby girl in October and I cant wait, much love too you all.”