Nelson bounced on the outside in his traditional karate stance, landing straight right hands in the early going of the opening round. Cummings pressed forward but came up short on the majority of his strikes.
Cummings closed the distance in the opening moments of the second frame and utilized his size and strength in the clinch. Nelson freed himself and continued to land his right hand. Cummings caught a body kick and worked to get the fight to the ground, but it was Gunnar that gained dominant position. He took Cummings’ back and locked in a rear-naked choke, forcing The Ultimate Fighter 17 contestant to tap out.
“You’ve got to find your rhythm a little bit. He started off well. I guess in the second round I started feeling my rhythm and started slowing him down and started picking it up myself,” said Nelson following his thirteenth consecutive win.
“When you’re on the back, it’s not only the choke. It’s everything, the shots to the head and stomach. Just catch what you can. Seize every opportunity,” said the Icelandic welterweight about the submission.
With the win and his undefeated streak intact, Nelson wants a top ten-ranked fighter for his next opponent.
“I don’t have a particular opponent in mind, but I like to climb the ladder and get a top ten or top five guy next,” he said.
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