Highly touted 170-pound prospect Gunnar Nelson will face a stern test in the Octagon on Memorial Day weekend, as the Iceland native will lock horns with 33-fight veteran Mike Pyle at UFC 160.

The matchup was first reported by MMAJunkie.com last week, and UFC officials confirmed the pairing on Monday. UFC 160 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 25 and is highlighted by a heavyweight title showdown between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva.

The 24-year-old Nelson has yet to taste defeat in his professional career, with the lone blemish on his record coming in the form of a draw against John Olesen in his MMA debut in 2007. In his initial Octagon appearance, “Gunni” submitted DaMarques Johnson with a rear-naked choke at UFC on Fuel TV 5. Nelson returned to action on Feb. 16, capturing a unanimous verdict over former Sengoku champion Jorge Santiago at UFC on Fuel TV 7.

The resurgent Pyle has won six of his last seven bouts while competing for the Las Vegas-based promotion, including first-round knockouts of Ricardo Funch, Josh Neer and James Head in his last three bouts. The Xtreme Couture representative began his MMA career in 1999 and also owns notable triumphs over Jon Fitch, John Hathaway and Ricardo Almeida.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator signs Brazilian prospect 'Toninho Furia' to a multi-fight deal

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

Bellator has added another promising featherweight to its roster. Gleristone Santos, one of the best 145-pound prospects out of Brazil, has inked a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA, sources close t read news >>

Alan Omer vs. Mike Wilkinson added to UFC Fight Night 69 in Germany

  • 21 days ago
  • 1 views

A featherweight bout between Alan Omer and Mike Wilkinson is the latest addition to UFC Fight Night 69 in Germany.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson Added to ‘Bellator 138: Unfinished Business’ Fight Card

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

Bobby Lashley will try to avenge a 2012 split decision loss to James Thompson when the two rematch on June 19 at Bellator 138: Unfinished Business. read news >>

Yoel Romero hurt, Chris Camozzi returns to rematch 'Jacare' Souza at UFC on FOX 15

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

Once again, the highly anticipated middleweight contenders bout between Yoel Romero and Ronaldo Souza is on hold. But that means Chris Camozzi has a shot at revenge against “Jacare” in New Jersey.Fil read news >>

Scott Askham vs. Antonio dos Santos Jr. added to UFC Fight Night 69 in Germany

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 views

A middleweight bout between Scott Askham and Antonio dos Santos Jr. is the latest addition to June’s UFC Fight Night 69 lineup in Germany.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Mairbek Taisumov vs. Alan Patrick added to UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

A lightweight bout between Mairbek Taisumov and Alan Patrick has joined June’s UFC Fight Night 69 lineup in Germany.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

'UFC Fight Night 67: Condit vs. Alves' gets 9:30 a.m. ET start time; Bektic-Moicano added

  • 27 days ago
  • 2 views

The lineup is taking shape for “UFC Fight Night 67: Condit vs. Alves,” a Brazilian event that kicks off with an early start time at 9:30 a.m. ET (6:30 a.m. PT).Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meets Stefan Struve at UFC 190

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

A heavyweight clash between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Stefan Struve was added to UFC 190. "Minotauro", who replaced Anderson Silva as one of the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4, announc read news >>

Mairbek Taisumov vs. Alan Patrick slated for UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

Another lightweight bout was added to the Fight Night card in Germany. Rising lightweight Mairbek Taisumov will meet undefeated Brazilian Alan Patrick at the UFC Fight Night 69 card in Berlin, German read news >>