The UFC announced today that Rick Story will meet Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night 53.
“I am honored to fight in Sweden and to headline this card," Iceland's Nelson said. "I expect the Swedish crowd to be pretty loud. I believe I have a big fan base in Sweden. They love my kind of style of fighting and I am of course Scandinavian so we have a good connection. So overall I think it’s going to be a great night – I am really excited about this opportunity." “I have fought in Germany before but it will be my first time in Stockholm, so I am looking forward to seeing the city," Story said. "My schedule now will be to pack up and head down to Arizona to the MMA Lab to start training. I’m really excited for this fight."
“Oh man, this is a really exciting matchup," Story said. "Stylistically it’s going to be great because Gunnar is a grappler and an attacker, and when it comes to fighting you can’t ask for more than that - someone who attacks and comes at you." Rick Story (17-8) was once an up and coming fighter, but has an up and down career. He has 4 knockouts, 4 submissions and 9 decision victories in his career. He has only been finished once in his career and that came by submission. He is 2-2 in his last four fights and looking to get another win. He beat Quinn Mulhern via 1st round TKO back in March of 2013. He then lost to Mike Pyle via split decision in May, then got another win over Brian Ebersole via Unanimous decision in November. However, his last fight did not go to plan as he lost to Kelvin Gastelum via split decision. He is coming off a win over Leonardo Mafra At UFC Fight Night 45.
Gunnar Nelson (13-0-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has three knockouts and eight submission victories in his MMA career. He was on a nine fight winning streak prior to joining the UFC. Nelson beat DaMarques Johnson via Rear-Naked Choke at UFC on Fuel TV 5 – Struve vs. Miocic on Sep / 29 / 2012. He then won his next two fights with wins over Jorge Santiago via Unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 7 – Barao vs. McDonald on Feb / 16 / 2013 and then Omari Akhmedov via Guillotine Choke at UFC Fight Night – Gustafsson vs. Manuwa on Mar / 08 / 2014. He is coming off a win over Zak Cummings at UFC Fight Night 46.