Report: Gilbert Burns Steps In To Face Gunnar Nelson At UFC Copenhagen

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The co-main event of UFC Copenhagen has reportedly been saved.

It was initially going to be a welterweight contest between Gunnar Nelson and Thiago Alves. However, Alves had to pull out due to injury leaving “Gunni” with no opponent.

That’s no longer the case. Burns — who recently made a successful move up to welterweight — had called to step in and that seems to be the case now.

According to Combate journalist Raphael Marinho, that fight is set to go ahead:

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It will be the second fight in a row that Burns steps in on short notice. He moved up from lightweight to defeat Alexey Kunchenko in his welterweight debut last month. In all, he is on a three-fight winning streak.

Nelson, meanwhile, is looking to get back to winning ways. He last suffered a split decision loss to Leon Edwards earlier this year and has lost two of his last three outings.

UFC Copenhagen takes place September 28 and will be headlined by a middleweight encounter between Jack Hermansson and Jared Cannonier.

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