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Gunnar Nelson To Face Thiago Alves At UFC Copenhagen

Gunnar Nelson will make his return at UFC Copenhagen in September where he will face octagon veteran, Thiago Alves.

Nelson’s last fight came at UFC London back in March when he dropped a split decision to Englishman, Leon Edwards.

The Icelandic welterweight whose record stands at 17-4-1 will look to bounce back from that loss when he takes on UFC stalwart, Alves later this year.

Alves record stands at 23-14 and is a former UFC title challenger at 170lbs, however, he is coming off the back of a loss to Laureano Staropoli at UFC 237 in May.

Pundit Arena caught up with Nelson before his win over Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira back in December with the SBG affiliate praising his home camp of Mjolnir MMA in Iceland for having him currently in the best shape of his life.

“We have a great camp back home. We’ve had a new conditioning coach for the last three months and I think that he is phenomenal – I’ve been training with him about two or three times a week and it’s really paying off.

“I think it’s mostly that, three months of doing strength and conditioning in training which I have never done before. I’ve done conditioning for my fights but not for this long and not at this level, not these kinds of sessions.

“One of the big differences as well is that I’m doing some weight-lifting, which I’ve really never done before. As well as keeping my diet very well and training very hard.

“This is the beginning of it you know. I’m going to start the proper climb now and get up there, fast.”

The UFC have yet to announce the main event for the September card in Copenhagen.

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