After his performance, Gunnar Nelson (13-0-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) knocked off his latest victim Zak Cummings at UFC Fight Night 46. Now, people are calling for Nelson facing Rory MacDonald next. UFC President Dana White commented on the possible fight:
“I don’t know … lemme talk to the guys and see what they think. What I don’t like is you see these guys who are talented, super-talented but don’t have the big-fight experience yet, taking these big jumps up. But we’ll see what happens. Lemme talk to his people, and talk to him, and really see what we want to do here.”
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.
Rory MacDonald (16-2) has six knockouts, six submissions and four decision victories while he has been knocked out once. Prior to joining the UFC he was on a nine fight winning streak. He joined the UFC in 2010 where he beat Michael Guymon via 1st armbar at Fight Night 20 on Jan / 11 / 2010.
MacDonald would lose to Carlos Condit via 3rd TKO at UFC 115 – Liddell vs. Franklin on Jun / 12 / 2010 in his next fight. After that fight, he would crank out a five winning streak with wins over Nate Diaz, Mike Pyle, Che Mills and BJ Penn. He would also beat Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 8 – Johnson vs. Moraga on Jul / 27 / 2013.
MacDonald would go on to lose to Robbie Lawler via split decision at UFC 167 – St. Pierre vs. Hendricks on Nov / 16 / 2013. In his last fight prior to UFC 174, he beat Demian Maia via unanimous decision at UFC 170 – Rousey vs. McMann on Feb / 22 / 2014.