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25th Oct 2016

Gunnar Nelson details the injury that forced him out of UFC Belfast headliner

This is the exact moment

Darragh Murphy

This is the exact moment that Gunnar Nelson sustained the injury that ruled him out of the main event of UFC Belfast.

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While promoting the November 19 event which will take place at the SSE Arena, Nelson took part in an open workout on the UFC’s Facebook page.

Nelson was rolling lightly with training partner Kenny Baker in preparation for his welterweight bout with Dong Hyun Kim when he twisted his ankle as he completed a takedown.

Tough as we all know he is, Nelson gutted it out and continued to grapple for another three minutes but he knew that there was an issue with his ankle.

The condition didn’t improve and last Friday it emerged that he would not be fit to fight and the main event was scrapped before it was ultimately replaced by a middleweight rematch between Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall.

‘Gunni’ has since taken to Instagram where he apologised to his fans and opponent before explaining the process he went through while trying to recover in time.

“For a few days I was not able to put any weight on the leg and thought I had to pull out and felt devastated but then within 10 days I got to a state where I could walk normally without much pain so I thought again that I was gonna fight and felt great,” Nelson wrote.

“For a few weeks I was doing everything that I could to get better so I would be able to return to proper training again but that next step of being able to bounce, move in and out and grapple just would not happen. I kept doing everything I could which was mostly rowing, swimming and bits here and there thinking i would get there.

I want begin with saying im very sorry to all my fans, sponsors, friends and StunGun that im pulling out of this fight in Belfast. I was so much looking forward to fighting again in Ireland and now its not happening because of a stupid ankle twist that ironacly happend in a UFC open work out!! It happend at 1:08min into the video that was live on facebook for those who want to see it, its still up i think. Right away i wasnt sure how serious it was so i kept face and rolled a little on but told my training partner Kenny Baker about it during and he knew all about it he said because he felt the massive click when it happend. I was forced to stop within minutes because i relised it was bad. For a few days i was not able to put any weight on the leg and thought i had to pull out and felt devastated but then within 10 days i got to a state where i could walk normaly without much pain so i thought again that i was gonna fight and felt great. For a few weeks i was doing everything that i could to get better so i would be able to return to proper training again but that next step of being able to bounce, move in and out and grapple just would not happend. I kept doing everything i could wich was mostly rowing, swimming and bits here and there thinking i would get there. A week ago my trainers told me and i was starting to relise that this was gonna take more time and i could not go into this fight with one ankle and not realy any martial art training at all 🙁 Again i am so sorry for this but to all who already booked their tickets and travels and all the fans that were looking forward to this fight like I was. I will be back soon better then ever. Thank you all for all the support and I'm sorry for any inconvenience. Photo: @michaelquiet

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“A week ago my trainers told me and I was starting to realise that this was gonna take more time and I could not go into this fight with one ankle and not really any martial art training at all.

“Again I am so sorry for this but to all who already booked their tickets and travels and all the fans that were looking forward to this fight like I was.”

Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for one of the most exciting 170lbers on the planet.

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