DaMarques Johnson vs. Gunnar Nelson
We’ll have a catch-weight bout next, as DaMarques Johnson (18-11) faces Gunnar Nelson (9-0-1). Johnson, who took the fight on short notice, was unable to make weight limit of 175, coming in at 183. The third man inside the Octagon will be Herb Dean.
Round 1: Nelson looking to explode early, throws a huge head kick from very low. Nelson standing much like Lyoto Machida does, moving very smoothly. Nelson throwing some nice side kicks and goes in for a takedown. Nelson gets Johnson to the mat, as Johnson seems to be trying to set up a submission. Nelson powers into side control. Johnson grabs an arm, then a heel, but Nelson able to avoid getting locked up and back inside side control. Very nice series of transitions there. Nelson into full mount, Johnson flips but gives up his back. Nelson looking for a rear-naked choke with just over two minutes to go in the round. Johnson avoids the choke, but Nelson still has a figure-four locked on Johnson. Nelson landing several nice rights, looking for another rear-naked choke, which he gets this time and forces Johnson to tap out. Nelson earns a win in his UFC debut.
Gunnar Nelson def. DaMarques Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:34 of Round 1