‘Gunning’ For A ‘Psycho?’ Dana White Open To MacDonald vs. Nelson

‘Gunning’ For A ‘Psycho?’ Dana White Open To MacDonald vs. Nelson


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.  

“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

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

    Stylistically I think Gunnar can take out Rory. But I feel right now Rory may be the better bet on being champ.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/nochoice nochoice

    I'm thinking WHY?
    I like the match up, but let Gunner fight a low top 10 fight first!
    Nr 13 vs Nr 2, doesn't make sense to me, especially because Gunner is growing into the sport.
    Making a jump from fighting Zak to fight Rory seems a bit much!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Kris-tyahn Kris-tyahn

      I was thinking the EXACT samething, this figh is a lose-lose for MacDonald. If he wins, he was supposed to, but if he loses, it's a HUGE upset & sends MacDonald right to the bottom of the latter/standings. His opponent/Gunner is a good fighter, bUT he's not even ranked in the top 10! Sooo… what exactly does this fight do for Rory's career/title shot?!? NOTHING!

      Why's the UFC giving guys with good streaks, (even if they're streaks are vs. non ranked opponents) a possible title fight if they beat one ranked opponent/top 5?!? Matt Brown might only have to fight & beat one ranked opponent to get a title fight, but Hendricks had to beat 3-4 top 10 opponents.

      If I were a UFC fighter, I'd go the route of Matt Brown… fight tomato cans/bums, win 5 or 6 of those fights impressively & then just fight a top 5 or top 3 opponent & you get a title fight. Much easier than having to fight & beat 3-4 top 10 or top 5 opoonents.