Gunnar Nelson meets Mike Pyle at May's UFC 160 in Las Vegas | News
A welterweight matchup between Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime veteran Mike Pyle (24-8-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 160 event.
MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps) today learned of the booking from sources close to the fighters. UFC executives have yet to formally announce the contest.
Both competitors have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The placement of the Nelson vs. Pyle matchup has yet to be revealed.
Nelson returns to work quickly following a unanimous-decision win over Jorge Santiago earlier this month. It was the 24-year-old's 11th-straight win after opening his professional career with a draw. A Renzo Gracie black belt, the stoic Nelson is considered by many pundits to be one of the sport's brightest prospects.
Meanwhile, Pyle looks to build on the strength of an impressive three-fight win streak that includes first-round finishes of James Head, Josh Neer, Ricardo Funch. Currently in one of the best stretches of his professional career, Pyle is 6-1 in past seven fights with the lone loss coming to top contender Rory MacDonald.