It looks like Gunnar Nelson is continuing his ascent up the welterweight ladder, because just two fights into his UFC career he is facing one of the most experienced welterweights in Mike Pyle. The two are set to face off at UFC 160, which is headlined by a heavyweight title fight between champion Cain Velasquez against Antonio Silva. The fight card takes place Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas, N.V. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pyle is on a decent streak in the UFC by going 6-1 in his last seven fights. Pyle has only gotten better with age, because even though he has only earned five knockouts in 24 wins, three of those came in his last three fights. This could be a little bit of revenge for Pyle since the last time he faced a young rising star – Rory MacDonald – he was defeated.
Nelson may only be two fights into his UFC career, but he has been nothing short of impressive. Nine straight finishes in nine fights highlighted Nelson’s record as he made his way to the Octagon, and in his debut he continued that streak by submitting Ultimate Fighter alum DeMarques Johnson. He also showed that he is no rookie in his fight with Jorge Santiago. Nelson’s opponent was switched three weeks before the fight, but it did not matter. Nelson beat Santiago everywhere the fight went, whether it was on the ground or standing. Pyle will easily be his toughest test to date though.
Just in case you missed it, a fight was announced this week between Strikeforce veteran Estevan Payan and Jeremy Stephens for UFC 160. This will be a must win for Jeremy Stephens, who has lost three straight fights, and both fighters will be making the cut to featherweight for this bout.