SBG Ireland coach John Kavanagh has promised the world that welterweight contender Gunnar Nelson will be fighting for the title in 2019.
Nelson managed to return to the octagon with a stunning finish of dangerous welterweight Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira on the UFC 231 main-card.
The fight stood as Gunnar’s first fight in over a year since his controversial first-round TKO loss to Santiago Ponznibbio at UFC Glasgow.
Returning against Oliveira, he was forced to overcome some adversity in the opening round before cutting his man open with one of the most brutal short elbows in recent memory.
Gunnar Nelson def. Alex Oliveira by submission (RNC) at 4:17 of round 2: Welterweight https://t.co/QKnQRhWajp
— Can'tSleepWon'tSleep (@CSWSpodcast) December 9, 2018
Coach John Kavanagh expressed his belief that Gunni will be fighting for the UFC welterweight title next year – citing his ‘updated approach to training’ as a key factor in his improvement.
With his updated approach to training there's not many who can do 1 round with him unless they eye gouge, grab fence or elbow back of head. This time next year he'll be fighting for the belt. I predict dese tings. https://t.co/cJcsXKfDF1
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) December 9, 2018
We spoke to Nelson for a two-part piece on his return to action and the implementation of more strength and conditioning training into his camp.
Read part one here.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena