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Gunnar Nelson says he injured ankle at UFC open workout

Gunnar Nelson, left, fights Brandon Thatch during their welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 189 Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Gunnar Nelson says an ankle injury is what forced him out of the headlining slot at UFC Fight Night 99 next month.

What’s more, “Gunni” says the injury occurred during one of the UFC’s mandated open workouts two months ahead of his fight against “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim.

“I want to begin with saying I’m very sorry to all my fans, sponsors, friends and ‘Stun Gun’ that I’m pulling out of this fight in Belfast,” Nelson wrote on a post on Instagram (Author’s note: Minor, grammatical adjustments were made to the quote for editorial purposes).

“I was so much looking forward to fighting again in Ireland and now it’s not happening because of a stupid ankle twist that happened in a UFC open workout… Right away I wasn’t sure how serious it was so I kept face and rolled a little but told my training partner Kenny Baker about it he said because he felt a massive click when it happened. I was forced to stop within minutes because I realized it was bad.”

Nelson says footage of the open workout was published online, though it’s not clear if the video is still available to the public.

Ranked No. 12 in the UFC’s welterweight division, there is no word on how long the ankle injury will keep Nelson — 3-2 in his last five — out of action. He last fought at UFC Fight Night 87, stopping Albert Tumenov with a neck crank in Round 2.

UFC Fight Night 99 is now headlined by a middleweight rematch between Gegard Mousasi and Uriah Hall.

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