Arsenal’s next big star Nelson eyes future in MMA

Reiss Nelson has given a personal interview to the Arsenal fanzine, revealing his love for Mixed Martial Arts and Conor McGregor, admitting he would be open to the idea of entering into the trade at a later date.

The 17 year-old is expected to play a part in tonight’s Europa League tie in Serbia, where we will be taking on Red Star Belgrade, and he may well be set to make his first senior outing in his favoured attacking role.

Nelson has previously been fielded as a makeshift wing-back, but has been exploding onto the scene with the youth sides in a more advanced role, and many fans will be excited to see what he has to offer in is more natural position.

Despite the excitement surrounding the future star, he has given an interview giving his view on something outside his current sport, revealing his interest in MMA fighting.

“I watched the McGregor fight,” Nelson told the Arsenal Magazine. “And for the first couple of rounds I felt he was doing really well and he had Mayweather on the back foot, so I was confident that it would be a good fight and he might win, but then as the rounds went on he got pretty tired.

“I knew that from his previous UFC fights that he may tire out, like he did against Nate Diaz, and that’s what happened. Mayweather had his way in the last couple of rounds.

“I was backing McGregor all the way. I’m a really big UFC fan. I think his aura and his personality are really great. I like to watch a lot of his documentaries and his vlog, and I think he’s just come up from nothing really. He was a plumber before he became a fighter, he’s worked really hard and his story is great.

“In some ways, I look up to him as a sportsman. His work rate and the effort he puts in is immense.

“I like Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone a lot too. He’s a very good fighter, very versatile and uses a lot of kicks in his style. I really like the flying knees and all of that, but no one really does that sort of thing anymore, people tend to grapple much more, but I love that style.

“MMA is something that I may want to get into after football. I spent some time over the summer doing a lot of kickboxing and I just felt that it was something I enjoyed doing a lot.”

Would it be a shock to see a footballer move into MMA after their career? Is it strange to hear a youngster talking non-football amidst the expectations on his shoulders?

Pat J

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  1. Simon says:

    He was great last night.

    Easy to forget he’s so young

  2. Arsenal_Girl says:

    Nelson was one of the few high points from last night. Giroud saved us big time but wasn’t that great either for most of the match. Maybe that was due to poor performance from other players. I will admit the lineup shocked me initially

    Hopefully Nelson won’t take MMA seriously for a long time from now.

    For a 17 year old he is fantastic. I hope he continues to improve and improve. Hopefully by the age of 24 he will be amazing player for us.

  3. Tony says:

    He cant be a doctor,engineer,or scientist so ya MMA is for him.weirdo

  4. Break-on-through says:

    This lad really is young, after a career of football I may want to do MMA, get the f**k out of here. The timing of this is a bit suspicious, right after all that stuff about us and our fight, a teenager comes out talking this s**t.

  5. Turbo says:

    I hope if Reiss is indeed seriously interested in martial arts after football he will consider sticking with kickboxing or perhaps muay thai or something where you fight on your feet, I would just hate to see such a promising young man wind up in a situation where some other guy could be choking him out or pounding his skull when he’s not on his feet. I admire the training and commitment of all of these boxers and martial artists, including MMA, but MAN I just can’t bring myself to watch MMA.

  6. Mobella says:

    How this is worthy of writing an article on is beyond me. This is player that hasn’t even done anything in the game of football and you are telling us he is looking at MMA because he is fan of some fighter.

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