A knee injury and expected surgery will sideline Icelandic welterweight Gunnar Nelson in the upcoming UFC 160.
Nelson father confirmed the injury on Crave's Sherdog website Wednesday.
Nelson (11-0-1, 2-0 UFC) is a decorated welterweight grappler that has showed loads of potential in both his Octagon debut against DaMarques Johnson and his follow-up effort versus previously-ranked middleweight Jorge Santiago. The Icelandic star was listed as an early odds-on favorite against Pyle, a veteran of over 30 professional mixed martial arts contests.
UFC 160 is set for May 25 and Nelson's original opponant Mike Pyle will now face Rick Story in the octagon Memorial Day weekend.