With the headline-stealing Conor McGregor as a gym-mate, it's sometimes easy to forget that Coach John Kavanagh has a full stable of fighters in various promotions. Kavanagh's gym, SBG Ireland, has been churning out talent for years, and one of those fighters is Gunnar Nelson.
Originally from Iceland, Nelson has been adopted by the Irish as one of their own and trains in both Iceland and Dublin. On Sunday night the welterweight secured an impressive victory over Albert Tumenov at UFC Rotterdam with a beautiful submission.
Nelson looked back to his best, dominating the first round before taking the Russian Tumenov to the ground in the second and submitting him via rear-naked choke. A confident win will see the Icelandic giant shoot up the ranks, as he seeks to capitalize on the impressive performance.
Speaking in the post-fight press conference, Nelson shared his secrets into what he felt helped improve his skills. Much like Joe Rogan recently supported, Nelson feels his lack of hand wrapping allows him to become a more composed, and deadly fighter.
"I never wrap my hands," he said. "I like to get as much feel for my hands and my opponent as I can and I never really feel any difference wrapping my hands. I've never broken my hands ... If you work with your hands, you like to get the feel for what you're doing. I feel I have more feel for what I'm doing when I have no wraps. Ideally, no gloves."
The UFC now turns its attention to the tantalising UFC 198 event on May 14. A stacked card see's the highly anticipated debut of Cris Cyborg, the return of Anderson Silva in Brazil, and a main event between heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum and challenger Stipe Miocic.