There are 36 days until Icelandic UFC star Gunnar Nelson steps into the cage for his next fight against Russian fighter Albert Tumenov in Rotterdam.
Gunnar has lost two of his last three fights, including the most recent one against Demian Maia in Las Vegas.
“Albert will be a difficult opponent. He is a good boxer and a skilled fighter who is good with his hands. I look forward to going up against him and continue developing as a fighter,” Vísir reports Gunnar as saying.
Gunnar’s last two fights have taken place in Las Vegas, and the majority of training and preparation for both therefore happened in America. This time round, however, Gunnar is training at home in Iceland, accompanied by respected visitors helping him train.
“Training has been going very well. We have the opportunity to train in Iceland for a change, which is really great. Sometimes we’re training twice a day,” Gunnar says.
Three weeks before Gunnar heads off to Rotterdam, he will make a stop in Dublin, where his and Conor McGregor’s trainer, John Kavanagh, will add the finishing touches to his preparations for the important fight.
Kavanagh discovered Gunnar during a floor wrestling tournament at Mjölnir in Reykjavík when he was 19, and the Icelander has been massively guided by the Irishman ever since.
“He has had a big influence on me,” Gunnar says. “John was my first MMA trainer. He has a very good eye for the sport.”
“Our relationship is very good and he is great at seeing things that suit my game and which I need to improve. He is my trainer and will remain so long into the future.”