He can be compared to Lyoto Machida in the way he fights as a guy that takes his time to make the kill, but Gunnar Nelson did just that and made Zak Cummings tap at UFC Fight Night 46.
Zak Cummings (17-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has four knockouts, nine submissions and four decision victories in his MMA career. Prior to joining the UFC, he has 3-1 in his last four fights. He made his UFC debut against Ben Alloway which he won via Barbo choke at UFC Fight Night – Condit vs. Kampmann 2 on Aug / 28 / 2013. In his last fight, he beat Yan Cabral via Unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Brown vs. Silva on May / 10 / 2014.
Gunnar Nelson (13-0-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has three knockouts and eight submission victories in his MMA career. He was on a nine fight winning streak prior to joining the UFC. Nelson beat DaMarques Johnson via Rear-Naked Choke at UFC on Fuel TV 5 – Struve vs. Miocic on Sep / 29 / 2012. He then won his next two fights with wins over Jorge Santiago via Unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 7 – Barao vs. McDonald on Feb / 16 / 2013 and then Omari Akhmedov via Guillotine Choke at UFC Fight Night – Gustafsson vs. Manuwa on Mar / 08 / 2014.
Here is the play by play from that fight:
Round 1: They clinch, Cummings working the outside. Nelson misses a knee and then a right hand as they break. Nelson throws a body kick, Cummings with a few jabs. Cummings with a waist lock, he get’s the back and puts him on the fence. Nelson reverses and eats a uppercut. They exchange to the bell.
Round 2: Cummings clinches with Nelson and puts him on the fence. A brief exchange, but then right back to the clinch. Nelson is being very lackluster, which is making the crowd a bit annoyed. They both land straight rights. Nelson lands a big straight right that stuns Cummings. However, Cummings presses forward and lands a nice flurry of strikes. Nelson throws a knee, but Cummings catches it. Cummings goes in for a takedown, but Nelson transitions and get’s the back of Cummings.Nelson locks in the rear naked choke for the win!
Result: Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:48