After a tentative first and start to the second, Gunnar Nelson submitted Zak Cummings in the closing seconds of the second round at UFC Fight Night 46. The Icelandic prospect remains unbeaten at 13-0-1, and hands Cummings his first UFC loss. Just 25 years of age, Nelson faced a short notice opponent after Ryan LaFlare pulled out due to injury.
The swift nature in which Nelson took the back of Cummings was a joy to behold; after dragging his opponent to the ground with the front choke, Nelson was able to get both hooks in and land some short shots on Cummings. This left his neck open and resulted in Nelson getting the rear naked choke to get his ninth submission victory in MMA.
With just one of his 13 wins going the distance, Nelson’s patient but deadly approach is tough to deal with, and he surely earns a top 10 opponent for his next outing.
Here is how the fight played out:
The unbeaten Nelson meets Cummings, who has won four straight. Nelson is 3-0 in the UFC, with Cummings 2-0. This should be a great welterweight contest. A black belt in karate and BJJ, Nelson is dangerous wherever the fight goes, but can Cummings’ grinding style prove difficult for the Iceland native?
Nelson gets a great reception from the Irish fans.
Round 1 – Nelson with the karate style, he lands a right and Cummings counters with a left. Now they’re in the clinch and Cummings lands a short knee, but Nelson getting double underhooks and controlling the American. A nice knee lands form Nelson, then a big right hook on the exit. Nelson trying to land that straight right and having some success, dodging Cummings’ counters. The crowd getting behind Nelson here. Cummings unable to land, Nelson is doing a great job of coming in-and-out. Body kick from Nelson lands. Nelson lands a right. Cummings gets the clinch and has the back of Nelson, he’s holding on to an arm triangle but Nelson reverses the position and they exit. Body kick from Cummings. Body kick from Cummings but recognised by Nelson, who attempts a head kick. Cummings’ combinations are predictable and ineffective so far. Cummings attempts a leaping knee but unable to land it. Overhand right by Nelson, and they clinch again. 30 seconds left in the round. They exit the clinch. A big combination by Cummings there, but Nelson unfazed and lands a couple of shots of his own. A tentative round.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Nelson.
Round 2 – Another tentative start, Nelson lands a straight but Cummings counters and more clinch work from the fighters. Short shots by Cummings on the inside land. Knee from Cummings lands. This really isn’t the sort of fight I was hoping for. 90 seconds gone and it’s been a very poor second round. Leg kicks landing from Cummings, but a straight right from Nelson works well. Half the round remains, and there is really little to report. A lot of feints and feelers from both fighters. Nelson’s dodging the attacks of Cummings and lands a nice straight. Perhaps the pressure has got to Nelson. A leg kick lands for Cummings. Back elbow just misses by Cummings. Neither fighter looks good so far. Straight right by Nelson. Nelson now working drags Cummings to the ground with the front head lock and has the back! That was quick! Both hooks in and 40 seconds left in the round. Short shots by Nelson, and he’s going for the rear naked. He may have it. And Cummings taps! It was a strange start to the fight but Nelson shows why he is such a prospect with a big win over a tough Zak Cummings.
Result: Nelson via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:48 in second round.
Check out the play-by-play for the full card here. Here are the results for the event as they stand.
Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:48 in second round.
Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (punches) at 3:41 in second round.
Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (leg kick & punches) at 2:07 in first round.
Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).
Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:33 in second round.
Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (punches) at 4:57 in first round.
Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:06 in first round.