Gunnar Nelson vs Alan Jouban added to UFC London

Gunnar Nelson vs Alan Jouban added to UFC London

The Icelander is set for the co-main event slot at UFC London.

By John Balfe - 14 Feb 2017

Gunnar Nelson’s return to the cage is set.

The UFC welterweight, who trains out of SBG Ireland in Dublin and Mjolnir in his native Iceland, will face Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night at The O2 Arena in London on March 18th.

Nelson (15-2) was last seen in the cage last May when he submitted dangerous striker Albert Tumenov in Rotterdam. A November return in the main event of UFC Belfast against Dong Hyun Kim was nixed when Nelson twisted his ankle during a media open workout to promote that bout.

Jouban (15-4), meanwhile, is on a streak of three consecutive wins in the UFC with his most recent being the first loss on Mike ‘Platinum’ Perry’s career record. Prior to that he also overcame Belal Muhammad and Brendan O’Reilly. His most recent defeat was October of 2015 when he was finished in the first round by their common opponent, Tumenov.

Speaking of the fight announcement, Nelson commented on Facebook: “I’m looking forward to fighting again. I [like] London, it’s always a good crowd and I believe I have a lot of fans there. I have fought there a good few times and trained in the past.

“Alan is a tough guy coming from a 3 fight win streak. He is well rounded and will not be taken lightly. [I] look forward to share the Octagon with him on March 18th in London.”

Nelson joins a UFC London card which will be main evented by Corey Anderson vs. Jimi Manuwa and also features bouts between Joe Duffy and Reza Madadi as well as Brad Pickett’s retirement bout against Henry Briones.