Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Nelson Impresses in Short-Notice UFC Fight despite Second-Round Loss

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Nelson Impresses in Short-Notice UFC Fight despite Second-Round Loss

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Canada's Nelson takes fight on 4 days notice

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TORONTO - Canadian fighter Kyle (The Monster) Nelson packed light for his regular three-hour trip from cottage country to Stoney Creek, Ont., for training this week.

He had the essentials though and they came in handy when he got a late call to make his Octagon debut against Brazil's Diego Ferreira at UFC 231.

"I had come down Tuesday morning, I just had some track pants and my usual training gear," Nelson said after Saturday's second-round loss. "We got the call Tuesday night, (saying) we need you in Toronto tomorrow. So I wasn't able to go home and get anything.

"But luckily I had my mouthpiece and my jock and that's all I needed."

Nelson, a native of Huntsville, Ont., jumped at the opportunity even though the bout was at lightweight, 10 pounds heavier than his usual 145-pound weight class.

Canadian John Makdessi had the original booking but pulled out due to injury. His replacement, Jesse Ronson, was scratched due to weight issues.

That set the stage for Nelson, who last fought three weeks ago in Romania in the Real Xtreme Fighting promotion.

Nelson entered on a six-fight win streak and looking to improve on a 12-1 record. Ferreira, a third-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, entered with a 13-2 mark.

The 27-year-old Canadian exuded confidence as he walked out to Diddy's "Coming Home" before a partisan crowd at Scotiabank Arena. The swagger continued in the cage as he connected with some left hooks and kicks in the early going.

Ferreira was knocked down a couple minutes in but rather than test the Brazilian's ground game, Nelson raised his arms and gestured for him to get back to his feet.

Ferreira took over from there, eventually getting top position and laying in some ground and pound as the Canadian did well to escape the round.

"I had everything against me," Ferreira said. …

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