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The Relentless Ground Game of Gunnar

The Cold Submissions of Gunnar Nelson
By: Chris Rini, FIGHTLAND
"How many times have you seen a fighter pull guard with a guillotine and fail to lock it up? Probably once or twice during every UFC fight card you have seen recently.

"Submission wins are on the decline—a statistical fact according to Fight Matrix, keeper of all that is mathematical and true. Every year since 2000 when more than half of all fights ended with a tap, nap, or snap, percentage points have dropped from that total. In 2013 only 38.5% of all fights ended via submission and at the halfway point of 2014 that number is down another percentage point. The simple answer is that it's far easier to learn submission defense than it is to perfect the art of winning without out-striking your opponent.

"There is, however, a new kid on the block bucking the trend: Gunnar Nelson."

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