Gunnar Nelson wants the opportunity to fight breakout talent Darren Till at UFC London.
Surging talent Darren Till has recently called for fights against Stephen â€˜Wonderboyâ€™ Thompson and Mike Perry, but top-fifteen welterweight contender Gunnar Nelson would like to challenge the Liverpudlian at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 127 card in London.
Nelson, who is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio, verbally agreed to a bout with Till back in November but hasnâ€™t heard anything from the UFC.
We are game for London or Liverpool @UFCEurope like it?
â€” Gunnar Nelson (@GunniNelson) November 11, 2017
Liverpool gonna be sick son and you know that !!!!
â€” Darren Till (@darrentill2) November 11, 2017
â€œI had a little back and forth with Darren Till not so long ago and I thought that was going to happen,â€� Nelson told Ariel Helwani on Mondayâ€™s edition of The MMA Hour, per MMA Fightingâ€™s Peter Carroll. â€œThey havenâ€™t scheduled anything yet. It looks like heâ€™s calling everyone out and I said Iâ€™m here, but nothing is happening.â€�
After his shocking loss to Ponzinibbio, â€˜Gunniâ€™ would love to spring back into the winnerâ€™s column against Till, who is currently undefeated at 16-0, with one draw against Nicolas Dalby.
â€œYeah, I would love that fight. Heâ€™s saying heâ€™s not getting any opponents, heâ€™s up there, heâ€™s a good fighter and heâ€™s saying that nobody wants to fight him or whatever, so Iâ€™m ready and thatâ€™s it. Heâ€™s ranked up there and Iâ€™m willing to fight.â€�
Nelson, a native of ReykjavÃk, Iceland, would like to fight the the 25-year-old in foreign territory, preferably in London, England.
â€œI was picturing London. We talked about Liverpool before but I guess thatâ€™s not happening. So, yeah, London or wherever, you know.â€�
UFC London, which is scheduled to take place on March 17 at the O2 Arena, recently added a light heavyweight bout between Jimi Manuwa and Jan Blachowicz to its lineup but has yet add any more high-profile match-ups. A welterweight scrap between Nelson and Till would significantly boost the card and itâ€™s expected that Michael Bisping will headline the event in his retirement bout.