Maia relentlessly smothered Nelson in Las Vegas, earning a pair of 30-25s and a 30-26 in a unanimous decision.With several months to digest what went down, Nelson says he simply didn't feel like himself on the night of Dec. Nelson does not believe he underestimated the 38-year old Maia, who has won four straight fights and seven of his past nine.Gunnar Nelson will take on Alan Jouban in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs Anderson at the O2 Arena in London on March 18.Nelson, who is training partner of UFC lightweight champion Conor Mc Gregor, has not fought in the octagon since his second-round submission win over Albert Tumenov in May 2016.Question: Was there any trepidation going into music with your dad being Ricky Nelson? I thought, “How hard would it have been to walk that 10 feet, pick up the phone and ask how my day was?Answer: When you’re a kid, you honestly don’t understand what kind of an impact that someone who is just your dad had on people. Q: Did your dad give you advice about going into show business? ” At that moment, I realized my dad really didn’t have balance in his life. A: We had our first real demo at this tiny studio in the [San Fernando] Valley. Unfortunately, there was a “Star Trek” marathon on.” The first pass was quick, and after that, the producer said, “Your brother is not the lead singer of this band; you are. Just flip roles.”Matthew sang the harmony for the first time. Make sure you peacock enough [so] that, love or hate you, the people are going to know who you are.” It worked.Q: How much of a pain was the superlong hair to maintain, and when did you decide to lose the hair?
But what was expected to be a breathtaking battle between two of the game's finest turned into a one-sided spectacle, as Maia, the salty veteran, took Nelson to school.
Nelson was born in Akureyri in the north side of Iceland but has lived in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, almost all his life from early childhood.
He played football and ice hockey in his childhood years.
In 2005, he was chosen Iceland's most promising up-and-coming karate talent of that year, when he was just 16.
However, he gave up karate to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling at age 17.