Gunnar Nelson vs. Daniel Rodriguez Officially Set For UFC 286 in London

TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 08: Gunnar Nelson of Iceland celebrates his victory over Alex Oliveira of Brazil in their welterweight fight during the UFC 231 event at Scotiabank Arena on December 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Gunnar Nelson returns for the first time in almost a year for a Welterweight bout at UFC 286 in London.

Nelson makes his long-awaited return almost exactly one year after his last fight at the UFC London card in March 2022.

On that night, Nelson picked up a unanimous decision win over Takashi Sato, which brought his two-fight losing streak to an end.

Best known as a world-class grappler, Nelson now looks to build on momentum from from the Sato win while also attempting to keep a more active schedule after only competing once in 2022 following a nearly three-year long absence from the sport due to injury.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez seeks to get back in the win column after falling to Neil Magny by D’arce choke this past November.

That setback ended a four-fight win streak for Rodriguez, which included victories over Li Jingliang, Kevin Lee, and Mike Perry.

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