Gunnar Nelson has been forced to pull out of a proposed welterweight clash with Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 130 due to a knee injury.
The Iceland native announced his withdrawal Sunday on Facebook. UFC Fight Night 130 takes place on May 27 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England and is headlined by a 170-pound tilt pitting Stephen Thompson against Darren Till. The promotion has not announced a replacement opponent for Magny.
Unfortunately I have to withdraw from my fight against Neil Magny on May 27th in Liverpool. Last weekend I injured my knee. I will undergo an operation right away and I´ll be out for 8-10 weeks. I’m sorry to my family, my opponent, my teammates, the fans and the UFC,” Nelson wrote.
“This is a huge blow to me and I’m at a loss for words to describe the disappointment I am feeling,” he continued. "I was really feeling up for this fight, the training camp was going great and everything was just perfect until this happened. When all is said and done this is the fight business and injuries are sometimes an unfortunate part of it given the physical rigors us athletes put our bodies through. I will keep on evolving as a fighter while I’m on the sidelines and I’ll be back as soon as I can.”
Nelson last appeared at UFC Fight Night 113, where he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio on July 16. The 29-year-old SBG Ireland representative owns a 6-3 record in UFC competition.