Icelandic prodigy Gunnar Nelson has a late change of opponent for his UFC debut.
He was due to face Pascal Krauss at next weekend’s UFC Nottingham event in the UK but Krauss has pulled out with an undisclosed injury.
Rich Attonito of American Top Team has stepped in at late notice to fill the slot. He brings a very different skillset to Krauss, being a former Division 1 wrestler in college and having a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Nelson, 24, is undefeated in MMA and sports a 9-0-1 record with all his victories inside the distance. He is a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie, having graduated from white through to brown belt under the Straight Blast Gym in Europe.
Nelson achieved his black belt in just a few years of training and has caught a lot of interest in the grappling scene. His win over Jeff Monson at last year’s ADCC marked him out as a particular talent, given that Monson is a heavyweight and Nelson a welterweight.
Attonito is coming off a TKO loss to Jake Hecht in December and is 2-2 in his last four. Only one of his five losses is by submission but one has to think Nelson has a good chance of locking something up if the fight goes to the floor. Nelson is also a former karate champion in Iceland and has a very unorthodox striking style.