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Gunnar Nelson hoping for return to top opponents after UFC Fight Night 113



GLASGOW – Gunnar Nelson has one of the most prominent fights of his career on Sunday, headlining UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland.

It’s a fight card he wanted to be on, but he’s been wrapping up his camp watching one of his teammates, Conor McGregor, in the biggest spotlight of his career getting ready for “The Money Fight” boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

With so much of the attention on McGregor and Mayweather and their promotional tour, there hasn’t been much focus on Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and his fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC).

“I don’t mind (flying under the radar),” Nelson told MMAjunkie. “I’ll be doing my thing here on Sunday night, and that’s all I really care about. I definitely enjoy watching Conor doing his thing. … I definitely enjoy hanging around with them, but I’m happy here (in Scotland).”

UFC Fight Night 113 takes place Sunday at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Nelson is coming off back-to-back bonus-winning submissions of Albert Tumenov and Alan Jouban. Those victories came on the heels of a rough stretch that saw him drop two of three fights.

As an opponent, Ponzinibbio might not bring much name recognition to the table, which Nelson recognizes. He wanted a bigger name – but hopes that comes after Sunday.

“I was hoping to get somebody in the top rankings this time,” Nelson said. “Last time, I was supposed to have a top-10 ranked guy. They said after that one, I’d definitely get it this time, but there was nobody available to fight. I wanted to be on this card. Eventually they just said, ‘Here’s Ponzinibbio, he’s ready to take it.’”

For more from Nelson about his fight against Ponzinibbio, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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