In the highly anticipated main event of Cage Contender XII, coming from a packed National Basketball Arena in Dublin Ireland, jiu-jitsu Icelandic phenomenon Gunnar Nelson (8-0-1) wasted little time in submitting Alexander "Iron Capture" Butenko (12-4) from Ukraine in the very first round of their welterweight contest, according to Fighthounds.
Gunnar Nelson. Photo: gunnarnelson.com.
In a fight that aired live on television, even in Iceland, Gunnar showcased the skills that have made him a sensation across Europe. The Iceland native has been away from MMA for the last twelve months to concentrate on his grappling training but there was no evidence of ring rust.
With SBG head coach John Kavanagh in his corner, a visibly relaxed Nelson opened in a Lyoto Machida style stance, displaying the karate side of his martial arts background.
He landed two hard outside leg kicks before securing a leg trip takedown and landing in side control. He transitioned to mount and made certain of isolating an arm before securing an arm bar to force the tap. He improves to 9-0-1 and it will surely not be long before the jiu-jitsu black belt is fighting for a certain international promotion.
The fight lasted just four and a half minutes.