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Gunnar Nelson gets new opponent (again)


Gunnar Nelson has now had news of his third UFC opponent in as many days.

Originally scheduled to face Pascal Krauss, it was reported at the weekend that Krauss had pulled out with an injury and would be replaced by American Top Team fighter Rich Attonito.

But late yesterday, Attonito apparently had a change of heart after being unsure if he could get down to welterweight in time for the September 29 booking in Nottingham, England.

Now it has been confirmed that Nelson will be facing DaMarques Johnson at a catchweight of 175 pounds,  five pounds over the regular welterweight limit.

Johnson rides a two-fight losing streak into the bout, with a submission loss to John Maguire in Sweden earlier this year and an August 4 knockout loss to Mike Swick more recently.

Nelson is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu prodigy and undefeated in professional MMA, with nine wins inside the distance and one draw.

Just 24 years old he is a black belt under Renzo Gracie and he divides his time between Renzo’s gym in New York and his own team in Iceland, named Mjolnir after the mythical war hammer carried by the Norse god Thor.