Gunnar Nelson is pretty good at jiu-jitsu. Pretty damn good. You might say his entire MMA reputation hinges on how fearsome he is on the ground. And it’s served him well, to the tune of a 7-2 Octagon record, and a main event slot at today’s UFC Fight Night 113. His opponent, Santiago Ponzinibbio, hails from Argentina and shined on a season of TUF Brasil, and has a four-fight win streak going into this one.
The bout opens with Nelson taking his wide karate stance (that’s his striking base) and waiting for an opening to crack his opponent one or grapple him. That opening comes in the form of an uppercut, but when he comes forward ready to land some more, Ponzinibbio makes him funky with a right hand. Nelson tries to flee – and almost gets his shorts ripped off when the Argentinean grabs them – and soon they’re against the cage, with Ponzinibbio utterly smashing him. Nelson drops and his brain is in another timezone.
Results: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Gunnar Nelson via KO (Punches) at 1:22, R1