Submission expert Gilbert Burns has agreed to fight Gunnar Nelson at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on September 28, according to a report from Raphael Marinho of Combate.
Nelson, 17-4-1, was originally scheduled to fight former welterweight title contender Thiago Alves, but Alves had to withdraw from the contest due to injury. Nelson is coming off a split decision loss to Leon Edwards in March.
Burns, 16-3, enters the fight on a three fight win streak including decisions over Alexey Kunchenko and Olivier Aubin-Mercier, and a submission victory over Mike Davis.
UFC on ESPN+ 18 takes place at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark and is headlined by a middleweight fight between Jack Hermansson and Jared Cannonier.
Current fight card:
Jack Hermansson vs. Jared Cannonier
Nicolas Dalby vs. Alex Oliveira
Michał Oleksiejczuk vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Alen Amedovski vs. John Phillips
Ion Cuțelaba vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.
Macy Chiasson vs. Lina Lansberg
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Peter Sobotta
Lando Vannata vs. Marc Diakiese
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Ismail Naurdiev
Mark Madsen vs. Danilo Belluardo
Jack Shore vs. Nohelin Hernandez
Gunnar Nelson vs. Gilbert Burns
Bout order subject to change