Welcome to the UFC: Kyle Nelson

The UFC is coming to Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 8th in the Scotiabank Arena for UFC 231. Diego Ferreira was originally scheduled to take on John Makdessi but Makdessi pulled out due to injury. The UFC would sign Jesse Ronson but would soon pull out due to being too heavy. With all that said, the UFC has signed Canadians own, Kyle Nelson.

5’10”
Lightweight
27-years-old
Huntsville, Ontario
Trains out of Muskoka Kickboxing
12-1
4 KO/TKO

4 Submissions (2 Rear-naked-choke’s, armbar, guillotine)

How does Kyle Nelson fare in the UFC?

Nelson is a well-deserving fighter for the short notice call-ups as he’s boosted a solid record over some good competition. His key win would be against former UFC and TUF 12 winner Johnathan Brookins where his sole loss is to a good prospect in Adrian Hadribeaj. Nelson is an athletic, explosive, strong, and physical fighter. The Canadian excels on the mat in top position where he is a monster with his vicious but more so active ground and pound. On the feet, he has a good overhand and powerful kick and as it’s nothing strong suit he is showing improvements. His footwork could be better and so could his cardio (mostly on the feet). I think Nelson could exceed into a good fighter with the right path in the UFC.

How he matches up with Diego Ferreira?

Ferreira is a legit talent who has only lost to Dustin Poirier and Beneil Dariush. Ferreira is most likely a future top 15 fighter in the next year if he stays healthy. Ferriera is still slightly green on the feet so it will be interesting to see how both fare in that area. Nelson is more of a gritty fighter who wants top control but Ferreira has legit jiu-jitsu so I feel if it hits the mat, Ferreira has a big advantage. Also on short notice, Nelson could drain much quicker. I like Nelson but the odds are stacked against him.

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