Cage Contender 12 Breakdown: Nelson vs Butenko

WELTERWEIGHT: Gunnar Nelson (Mjölnir/SBG) v Alexander Butenko (Honour Academy)

Both Gunnar Nelson and Alexander Butenko hold black belts in jiu-jitsu. Gunnar Nelson has had an impressive 5 Submissions in 9 fights ( 62.5 %) but Butenko has an even better submission finish percentage having finished 10 of his 16 fights by submission ( 83.33 %).

Gunnar Nelson (8-0-1) has just returned from a self imposed MMA hiatus due to accepting an invite to the prestigious Abu Dhabi Combat Club 2011 (ADCC). This wasn’t Gunnar’s first sabbatical from MMA, in 2009 he earned medals in the Mundials and Pan-American Championships during his first hiatus.

Nelson is widely regarded as a top European up and comer and well respected MMA website Sherdog, listed the Nelson vs Butenko Cage Contender XII bout as the number 1 fight to watch in February, you can check out the article here.

Alexander Butenko has only lost one of his last eleven fights, a decision loss to highly regarded Russian fighter Magomed Saadulaev (14-1). Infact all of Butenko’s losses have come by decision.

Butenko has fought several times for M-1, winning all his bouts by submission, with only Anzor Kardanov making it out of the first round.

This main event bout is sure to be explosive, and is one not to be missed!

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