Leon “Rocky” Edwards (16-3-0) takes on Gunnar “Gunni” Nelson (17-3-1) in a welterweight bout at the O2 in London in UFC Fight Night 147 on Saturday 16th March 2019.
As the home fighter, 27 year-old Brummie Edwards can count on the backing of the majority of fans at the O2 Arena. Edwards is currently on a six-fight win streak, during which he has defeated some tough opponents. In his last fight he had a great win over Donald Cerrone and Nelson is currently ranked lower than Cerrone was at the time.
If Edwards is to ultimately get another chance against the new welterweight champion, Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman somewhere down the road, he will definitely need to be beating the likes of Nelson first.
The 30 year-old Icelander Nelson has a karate base and on the mat he is one of the very best grapplers in the entire UFC promotion. In his last fight against Alex Oliveira, Nelson drew a submission after driving all his weight behind an elbow across Oliveira’s face.
He’s seen as a solid contender in the welterweight division, but needs a win against a fighter such as Edwards to show he merits a place among the elite.
Leon Edwards vs Gunnar Nelson Odds & Prediction
When it comes to UFC predictions for this fight, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal in this, so the value as far as tips are concerned could be in backing the underdog.
In terms of the UFC betting odds for this fight, the line on Edwards is -150 at Betway Sports, while Nelson is available at +130 at William Hill. At the current Edwards v Nelson betting lines, Nelson looks worth a small interest bet here.
Pick: Fight Result – Gunnar Nelson @ +130 (William Hill)