Gunnar Nelson was placid in the days leading up to his UFC debut, even when he would have had great reason to be flipping out.
Fighting for the first time in the UFC is always a significant moment for a mixed martial artist. That alone can make the nerves raw.
Things, though, wouldn't be simple for Nelson. He'd have to go through a string of opponents and then watch the weight limit increase for his debut as he was making final preparations for the Sept. 29 bout on a card in Nottingham, England.
Nelson originally signed to face Pascal Krauss, but Krauss was injured and had to pull out. The UFC then tabbed Rich Attonito to replace him, but Attonito pulled out because he didn't think he'd be able to make weight on such short notice.
That led to the selection of DaMarques Johnson. The UFC agreed to switch the weight limit for the fight from the welterweight limit of 170 to 175 pounds to accommodate the fact that Johnson took the bout on short notice.
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