MMA Preview – Leon Edwards vs Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night 147


When is UFC Fight Night 147? Saturday 16th March, 2019 - 18:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 147? The O2 Arena, London

What channel is UFC Fight Night 147 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 147? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

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Leon Edwards is flying in under the radar of the stacked division and is quietly proving he is one of the best welterweights in the world. He arrived to the UFC with the Bamma belt over his shoulder and besides a close split decision loss to Claudio Silva on his debut he has only lost to the current champion Kamaru Usman. He has racked up eight impressive wins over the likes of Albert Tumenov, Vicente Luque, Bryan Barberena, Peter Sabotta and Donald Cerrone.

Now, ‘Rocky’ needs to get past his toughest test since Usman - Gunnar Nelson to prove he really is a top contender. Nelson is one of the most talented fighters in the UFC. His grappling is so good that he rarely has to call upon his black belt Karate skills and when he wins it is always spectacular.


Both men are true Mixed Martial Artists who are well-versed everywhere and we are likely to see a mix of striking and grappling to witness their full spectrum of talent.

Despite Usman, to an extent, Edwards has never been outclassed but Nelson has the weapons to better Edwards in every area. The only time he was out-grappled was against Demian Maia and the only time he was out struck was against Santiago Ponzinibbio after an eye poke.

Edwards is a tremendous grappler but if the fight goes to the floor Nelson will hunt a submission so the difference in this fight could be his Karate. Edwards will back his striking but the unique movement of Nelson, bouncing in and out of range, will allow him to offload quick combinations and counters.

This movement leaves Nelson’s front leg exposed which Edwards will naturally catch for a takedown but that will mean entering Nelson’s wheelhouse. Although Nelson finishes virtually every fight he wins, Edwards is good enough to take him to a decision.

Winner: Nelson via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.