[WATCH] Gunnar Nelson Defeats Alan Jouban in Clinical Fashion
The co-main event at UFC Fight Night 107 saw top welterweight contenders Alan Jouban and Gunnar Nelson throw down in front of a packed O2 Arena in London, England.
Jouban went undefeated in 2016 with three wins and was looking to make a positive start to the new year with a victory over the highly skilled Nelson. Going into the fight, he was extremely weary of his opponents ground game:
“You look at his record, and 90 percent of his wins are on the ground from submission and probably 90 percent of those submissions are rear-naked chokes, so that’s the first thing that jumps off the page,” Jouban told MMAjunkie Radio beforehand.
“He’s going to try to get you down, knock you down or take you down, try to get on top, throw some elbows, then try to get you to turn over so he can take your back. That’s one of the key things I’ve been working on lately: rear-naked choke defense.”
Icelandic welterweight Nelson was fighting in London – where he has become something of a fan favourite – for the fifth time in his mixed martial arts career.
“I’m looking forward to fighting again in London – it’s always a good crowd. I believe I have a lot of fans there,” he said, “I have fought in London a good few times and trained there in the past too.”
Like Jouban, Nelson promised that he was not taking his opponent lightly in the run-up to a clash that would have implications for the welterweight division.
“Alan is a tough guy, coming from a three-fight win streak. He is well rounded and will not be taken lightly. I’m looking forward to sharing the octagon with him March 18th in London.”
Gunnar Nelson dominated the first round, taking Jouban to the ground and using his trademark grappling skills to full effect. The fight was quickly over when the two men came out for the second round, when Gunnar hit Jouban with a beautiful straight right putting him on queer street. The fight was over when Gunnar easily placed Jouban into a perfect guillotine and quickly got the tap.
Check out the finish here:
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