Gunnar Nelson was one of the most glaring omissions from Conor McGregor’s UFC 229 camp due to a knee injury that he sustained, which also ruled him out of a high-stakes welterweight clash with Neil Magny at UFC Liverpool.
Nelson, a close friend and longtime training partner of “The Notorious,” would have been involved in the Dubliner’s preparations had not been for the devastating injury.
“That was mostly because of my knee, you know,” he told Peter Carroll when asked about the UFC 229 camp on a recent episode of Eurobash. “When the whole [camp] was starting, I wasn’t training, I couldn’t do much and it seemed like Conor has a pretty good team around him, as usual.”
Nelson noted that he wished he had been more involved after the fight had taken place, resulting in the Russian’s first defense of the UFC lightweight title.
“After the fight I was thinking, ‘Man, I should’ve been there,’ and I was saying that to my coach John [Kavanagh],” he remembered. “He said to me, ‘To be fair, you were hurt, you couldn’t really train.’ It would have been only the last bit of the camp that I would have been able to take part in, I guess.”
Now, with a clean bill of health and having already made his successful return with a sensational win over Alex Oliveira at UFC 231, Nelson insisted that he will do everything in his power to assist the Irishman should he get the rematch he is looking for.
Nelson said: “Definitely, for the rematch, I will be there with Conor getting ready.”
Check out the Eurobash podcast. The Gunnar Nelson interview begins at 12:30.