No. 13 ranked welterweight Gunnar Nelson scored a big win in Dublin, Ireland, tonight, as has submitted Zak Cummings in the second round of their “Emerald Isle” bout.
Hot off the heels of his UFC Fight Night (UFN) 46: McGregor vs. Brandao win, the question becomes what’s next for the 25-year-old Icelander?
According to Ariel Helwani, the next fight for Nelson might be the No. 2 ranked Rory MacDonald.
Posting to his Twitter account post UFN 46, Helwani ‘tweeted’ that UFC President Dana White was open to the suggestion of MacDonald vs. Nelson and that in pursuit of the idea, White was going to talk to both fighter’s camps.
Dana all of a sudden more open to Rory vs Gunnar. Said he’ll talk to camps.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 19, 2014
“Gunni” did look impressive in defeating Zak Cummings tonight, but Rory MacDonald is a massive step up in competition over Cummings or any other fighter that Nelson has faced before.
In the Octagon post-fight, Nelson commented that he didn’t care who he fought next, however, he did want a top ten fighter. MacDonald would certainly be all that and more, and a win over “Ares” would easily put him within reach of a title shot.
However, MacDonald might not be interested in the bout and even if he is, he won’t be a pushover. If there is one fighter in the division that can match Nelson in skill and calm demeanor, it’s Rory MacDonald. Further, as was evidenced in his fight against jiu-jitsu wizard Demian Mia at UFC 170 in February of this year, MacDonald is no joke on the ground. Given that Nelson has culled 71% of his wins by way of submission (10 of 14), MacDonald (never been submitted) doesn’t look to be an easy mark for a “Gunni” win.
Photo courtesy of Rory MacDonald