Nelson set to face Pyle at UFC 160

Between his karate background and efficient ground game, Gunnar Nelson could be a stud in 2014. Martin McNeil for ESPN

After proving to be worthy of the high expectations he's received recently, welterweight Gunnar Nelson will make his third appearance in the Octagon on May 25 against Mike Pyle at UFC 160, promotion officials confirmed Thursday night.

The fight was first reported earlier Thursday by MMAJunkie.com.

Nelson (11-0-1) defeated Jorge Santiago by unanimous decision on Feb. 16 in London. He entered the fight to much media attention, but was unfazed by the spotlight.

Throughout the bout Nelson demonstrated solid grappling, takedown and striking skills. Most important was his poise. At no point in the fight did Nelson appear rattled.

But Pyle is likely to represent Nelson's toughest test in the cage. The veteran has a pro record of 24-8-1, and has won three fights in a row.

Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez defends his title against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in the UFC 160 main event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The bout marks a rematch of their May 26, 2012, showdown that Velasquez won by first-round technical knockout.