The prelims have wrapped up, and the main card is about to get underway. The first bout on the main card of UFC Fight Night 37 is a Welterweight clash between two highly touted undefeated prospects. Gunnar Nelson returns to the Octagon from an injury layoff to take on the Dagestani, Omari Akhmedov.
Nelson (11-0-1, 2-0 UFC) has been on the sidelines for over a year nursing an injured knee. During that time he was also in a very serious car accident that he was lucky to walk away from unscathed. Nelson has looked impressive in the UFC thus far picking up two straight victories. Tonight he looks to pick up where he left off.
Akhmedov (12-0, 1-0 UFC) had an impressive UFC debut back in November against Thiago Perpetuo. In a wild back and forth fight that won ‘fight of the night’ honors, Akhmedov showed off his impressive power by knocking out Perpetuo just over three minutes into the bout.
Round 1: They touch gloves to start. Two body kicks from Omari. Two winging hooks from Omari that miss. Big right hand from Omari. Gunnar is stalking Omari. Leg kick from Omari. Body kick from Omari. Gunnar is feinting a lot, but not throwing anything. Straight left and Omari is dropped. Gunnar quickly mounts Omari and lands a left hand. Elbow from Gunnar. More elbows from Gunnar. Omari is trying to get out of the mount, but Gunnar is in total control. More elbows from Gunnar. Big elbow cuts Omari, and Omari is finally able to get into half guard. Gunnar is pushed off, but he jumps back into his guard. Omari scrambles, but gets caught in a deep guillotine and taps immediately. Great performance by Gunnar Nelson.
Official Decision: Gunnar Nelson defeats Omari Akhmedov by Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1 (4:59)