UFC Dublin Preview – Gunnar Nelson vs. Zak Cummings

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With just days to go until UFC Dublin, we here at SevereMMA want to get you more familiar with some of the fighters on show with a series of profiles on each bout. From first prelim to the main event this card is full of quality mixed matrial artists with interesing careers. Next up is the welterweight meeting of Gunnar Nelson and Zak Cummings.

Gunnar Nelson

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Nickname: Gunni
Twitter: @GunniNelson
Record: 12 wins, 0 losses, 1 draw
Age: 25
Height: 5’11”
Notable wins: DaMarques Johnson (September 2012), Omari Akhmedov (March 2014)
Notable losses: Unbeaten
Facts and Stats: 11 of his 12 wins have come inside the distance. Won 4 of his last 7 fights with a rear naked choke. Trains with SBG in Dublin, Mjölnir in Iceland and has a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie.
Strengths: Varied striking, transitions, jiu-jitsu.
Weaknesses: Head movement, gets caught when combinations are thrown in close.
Keys to victory: Use speed advantage on the feet and range, win the transitions, get the submission.


Zak Cummings
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Twitter: @ZakCummings
Record: 17 wins, 3 losses.
Age: 29
Height: 6’0”
Notable wins: Terry Martin (February 2009), Yan Cabral (May 2014)
Notable losses: Tim Kennedy (September 2009), Ryan Jimmo (April 2011)
Facts and Stats: TUF 17 housemate. Strikeforce veteran. Has fought at light-heavyweight and middleweight. Fighting outside of North America for the first time.
Strengths: Wrestling, submissions, improving striking.
Weaknesses: Speed, gets caught in submissions, loiters in the clinch.
Keys to victory: Stay at range, land power strikes, don’t get into a jiu-jitsu battle.

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