Gunnar Nelson returns to the Octagon on March 15. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Two new contests have been added to the UFC’s upcoming return to London.<, including a welterweight match pitting Gunnar Nelson against Omari Akhmedov.
UFC officials announced the booking on Tuesday, also revealing that a 170-pound showdown between Igor Araujo and Danny Mitchell will go down at the March 8 event, which takes place at the O2 Arena.
Headlined by a light heavyweight showdown featuring Alexander Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa, the event streams live on the UFC’s forthcoming digital network and will also see Ross Pearson and Melvin Guillard collide at 155 pounds.
Nelson is known for his skill on the mat and has never been beaten as a pro, racking up wins over DaMarques Johnson and Jorge Santiago to begin his UFC career. Akhmedov, meanwhile, has not lost in three years and knocked out Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo in a wild UFC debut last month.
A veteran of 31 pro outings, Araujo has won 13 of his last 14 bouts and capped the run with a unanimous decision victory over Ildemar Alcantara this past October at UFC Fight Night 29. In Mitchell, Araujo faces a 27-year-old British vet who rides back-to-back victories into his Octagon debut.