Claudio Silva injured, out of UFC London fight with Gunnar Nelson


Gunnar Nick needs a new opponent to UFC London’s March 19 card. Claudio Silva had to withdraw due to a knee injury. MMA Fighting learned this. UFC London will go down at the O2 Arena in London.

Silva (14-3) was looking to rebound after back-to-back decision defeats to James Krause and Court McGee snapped his 13-year unbeaten run, which included victories over the likes of Leon Edwards, Nordine Taleb and Danny Roberts.

Nelson (17-5-1) has also lost his past two inside the octagon, dropping decisions to Edwards and Gilbert Burns in 2019. The jiu-jitsu expert has beaten names like Alex Oliveira, Alan Jouban and Albert Tumenov throughout his 8-5 career under the UFC banner.

UFC London is expected to feature Alexander Volkov vs. Tom Aspinall in a heavyweight main event. The Russian talents could be restricted from entering the country following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.