Gunnar Nelson has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 160 clash against Mike Pyle after suffering a knee injury in training, Sherdog.com has learned.
Sherdog.com Nordic correspondent Ryan O’Leary (MMAViking.com) confirmed the news with the Nelson camp Wednesday morning.
“Yes, unfortunately this is true,” stated Haraldur Nelson, father and manager to the 24-year-old prospect.
“Gunnar hurt [his] knee last week and an imaging yesterday showed that he has to have surgery.”
Nelson (11-0-1, 2-0 UFC) is a decorated welterweight grappler that has showed loads of potential in both his Octagon debut against DaMarques Johnson and his follow-up effort versus previously-ranked middleweight Jorge Santiago. The Icelandic star was listed as an early odds-on favorite against Pyle, a veteran of over 30 professional mixed martial arts contests.
As a result of Nelson's injury, the UFC has announced that Pyle will now battle Rick Story on the Memorial Day Weekend card.
UFC 160 is scheduled for May 25 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. A timetable for the fighter’s return or the surgery date have not been addressed.