Gunnar Nelson was dealt his first pro defeat in 15 fights Saturday at UFC Fight Night 53, dropping a split decision to Rick Story.
While the loss obviously stings, Nelson kept his composure and believes he will come back even stronger.
“I am definitely going to learn so much from this fight,” he said. “I am happy with this. I am glad for Rick Story. I knew it was a close fight, but I am happy with the decision.”
Nelson (13-1-1) never wavered on his stoic face throughout, coming out strong and appearing well on his way to another victory. However, he tired and Story was able to finish with strong third, fourth and fifth rounds.
“Rick really kept a good pressure,” Nelson said. “He was hard to hit and always came back when I went in. He has very good cardio and just goes and goes; he didn’t really slow down to much and was just a tough puzzle.”
Nelson had opened his UFC career with wins over Zak Cummings, Omari Akhmedov, Jorge Santiago and DaMarques Johnson, including back-to-back submission wins that earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus twice this year.