Born in 1988
Style: BJJ/Submission Figthing
Team: Mjölnir – SBG International/ Renzo Gracie Academy
Division: under 87.9 Kg
MMA Record: 5 – 0 – 1
BJJ/Submission Fighting record:
2nd Place in Men’s Brown Belt Middle Weight at the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009 (Mundials).
1st Place in Men’s Brown Belt Middle Weight at the New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009.
3rd Place in Men’s Brown Belt Open Weight at the New York International Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009.
1st Place in Men’s Brown Belt Middle Weight at the Pan Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2009 in Carson, California.
1st Place in Men’s No-Gi Expert Middle Weight at the North American Grappling Championship in New Jersey.
2nd Place in Men’s Gi Brown & Black Cruiser Weight at the North American Grappling Championship in New Jersey.
1st Place in three categories at the Icelandic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship; i.e. men’s Open weight, -88 kg and the team tournament.
1stPlace – 2008 Great Britain Grappling Open National Championship, men advance No-Gi, – 80 kg weight.
1st Place – Hawaiian Open Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, men advance No-Gi -176 pound (ca. -80 kg) weight.
1st Place – Irish BJJ Open, men absolute.
1st Place – Irish BJJ Open, men purple belt.
1st Place – Mjölnir Open Mat 2007, men open weight.
1st Place – Mjölnir Open Mat 2007, men -81 kg weight.
1st Place – Mjölnir BJJ Gi tournament, men open weight.
1st Place – Mjölnir BJJ Gi tournament, men -88 kg weight.
Gunnar has been offered to compete at the ADCC (Abu Dhabi Combat Club) World Submission Fighting Championship that will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on the 26-27th of September. This is of course a great honor for Gunnar but as many people know ADCC is a competition held every two years involving professional athletes who have been successful at the highest levels of Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Judo, Sambo, Shooto and Mixed Martial Arts. The rules of the event disallow strikes while promoting grappling and submissions. However Gunnar’s normal weight class (-77kg) is completely full so Gunnar has been offered a place in the -88kg weight class. This will of course be a great challenge for the young Icelander who will not only be the least experienced fighter in the tournament but also undoubtedly the lightest in his weight class.
Originally from a Karate background, Icelandic youngster Gunnar Nelson has been setting the mats on fire since focusing on BJJ three years ago. The John Kavanagh brown belt has trained extensively with B.J. Penn and Renzo Gracie in the past. His big breakthrough came when he took gold at this year’s Pan-American BJJ Championship and silver at the World Championship. Next to that, his perfect MMA record seems just a side note, but it is further evidence of his excellence. source: www.gunnarnelson.info/