Gunnar Nelson was in a scary situation over the weekend. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson was involved in a car crash this past weekend in his home country of Iceland.
Though the accident resulted in only minor injuries to the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, the fighter’s father told MMAViking.com founder and Sherdog.com contributor Ryan O’Leary that his son was fortunate to escape being swept away by the Pjorsa River.
“The pickup he was in (there were four in the car, and Gunnar was in the passenger front seat) went off the icy road and rolled down the hill three to four times,” Halli Nelson told MMAViking.com. “Gunnar is fine, but he had to have some stitches in his arm. [The vehicle] ended up on its wheels in Pjorsa; this is Iceland’s longest river. It’s a glacier river with a very hard current. If the car had gone one meter further into the river it would have hit deep water and the current would have taken it. If they had gone off the road a few meters before or after, it would have been much worse, and they would also have gone in the river.”
Nelson, 25, is expected to return to training soon, according to the report. The welterweight has been perfect in his mixed martial arts career thus far, submitting seven of his 11 career victims in the first round. The Pan-American Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion joined the UFC last year, tapping out DaMarques Johnson with a rear-naked choke before outpointing former Sengoku champion Jorge Santiago this past February at UFC on Fuel TV 7.