Gunnar Nelson will be going up against John Hathaway in UFC 189 in Las Vegas July 11.
“We just agreed to it this morning,” Gunnar’s father and manager Haraldur Dean Nelson told Vísir yesterday. “[Hathaway] is a big welterweight but Gunni is used to coming up against big boys. He got into the game as a wrestler but his fight days have been more consistent. He’s got good knees and uses his strength well.”
The Nelson versus Hathaway fight joins an interesting lineup that includes featherweight champion Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor and welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald.
Both Gunnar and Hathaway are rebounding from losses.
Gunnar lost against Rick “The Horror” Story in October last year – his first ever loss.
Hathaway meanwhile suffered a spinning-back-elbow knockout to Dong Hyun Kim in March 2014.