Anyone who is familiar with the work of Gunnar Nelson knows that he cares little for the noise that surrounds being a UFC fighter in this day and age.
While Nelson is best known for his grappling, he saw an opening for a straight right hand down the middle that cracked Jouban flush and it put him on wobbly legs.
Gunni just wants to fight, and he doesn't need to hate his opponent or convince anyone else that he does to motivate himself to perform, that much was clear from his comically low-key staredown with his opponent at UFC London, Alan Jouban.
While Nelson is riding a two-fight win streak, Thompson, the No. 1 ranked welterweight contender in the world, just lost a decision to current champ Tyron Woodley in one of the year's most tiresome championship fights. I thought the way it went was the most clinical.
During the event's post-fight press conference, Nelson explained why he went for a submission over a knockout or TKO.
In MMAjunkie's UFC Fight Night 107 matchmaker column, we called for a fight between Nelson and former UFC lightweight champ/new welterweight Rafael dos Anjos (25-9 MMA, 14-7 UFC), though we certainly wouldn't complain about Thompson vs. Nelson.
'He's a pretty guy as well, he's a model, there was no need'.
Nelson is hopeful his next fight will see him take on one of the top-ranked fighters in the welterweight division.