Gunnar Nelson has forged a reputation over the years for being a no nonsense, pretty reserved guy, but the welterweight tossed out a zinger this past weekend, following his win at UFC Fight Night 107.
The Icelandic fighter took on American Alan Jouban at the event, and finished the latter in round two. After Nelson rocked Jouban with a straight right, he jumped on a guillotine choke and produced a tap-out. It was a memorable finish to the bout, as it showcased both Nelson’s underrated striking abilities and BJJ, black belt, pedigree.
Well, after the fight, Nelson was asked about his decision to go for the choke, rather than finish Jouban with strikes. The 28 year-old had this to say in response (quote via MMA Junkie):
“It was just the most obvious opening for me,” Nelson said. “I thought the way it went was the most clinical, really. Instead of running into him and throwing a bunch of shots to get the knockout, he was out.
“There was no need to give him a few more punches to the face. He’s a pretty guy, as well. He’s a model. There was no need.”
If you weren’t aware, Jouban does indeed, work as a model, in addition to his fighting career. So, chances are the line above got some chuckles in return from the media in attendance.
This aside, it will be interesting to see what comes next for Nelson. The win moved his UFC record to 7-2, and Nelson has now scored back-to-victories, since he lost via decision to top contender, Demian Maia. Nelsonw was ranked #9 heading into the bout, so chances are a fight with another top ten WW will come next.