How about Gunnar Nelson vs. Stephen Thompson? John Kavanagh likes it

Following a quality win over Alan Jouban in this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 107 co-headliner, what’s next for Gunnar Nelson? His coach has an idea.In a UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at The O2 in London, Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) tapped our trendy underdog pickJouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) via second-round submission one that earned him a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.
Since a unanimous-decision loss to top contender Demian Maia in late 2015, Nelson is now 2-0 with two submissions, and he’s looking to further move up the rankings.So how about a fight with recent title challenger Stephen Thompson (13-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC)?It’s a pitch that Nelson’s coach John Kavanagh made to “Wonderboy” soon after UFC Fight Night 107 concluded (via Twitter):

Based on the massive number of immediate retweets and favorites and countless calls for the fight from fans, media and industry insiders Kavanagh’s idea for the summer matchup seems to have legs.Thompson, who’s No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, is coming off two narrow fights one a majority draw and the other a majority loss to current titleholder Tyron Woodley.
Nelson, who’s currently an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie’s 170-pound rankings (and No. 9 in the official UFC rankings), would be a small step down for Thompson. But “Wonderboy” needs to register some quality wins to get another title shot, and he could certainly do worse than the submission-savvy Nelson.In MMAjunkie’s UFC Fight Night 107 matchmaker column, we called for a fight between Nelson and former UFC lightweight champ/new welterweight Rafael dos Anjos (25-9 MMA, 14-7 UFC), though we certainly wouldn’t complain about Thompson vs. Nelson.
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