Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Adesanya vs Brunson?
Israel Adesanya beat Derek Brunson by , during the main card of UFC 230, on Saturday 3rd November 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Israel Adesanya.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Adesanya vs Brunson stats
Israel Adesanya stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 14 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Derek Brunson made his way to the ring with a record of 18 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Adesanya had a large advantage in power over Brunson, boasting at 86% knock out percentage over Brunson's 61%.
Israel Adesanya was the younger man by 5 years, at 32 years old.
Adesanya had a height advantage of 3 inches over Brunson. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Adesanya was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 10 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 1 year and 10 months later than Brunson, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 7 less professional rounds, 49 to Brunson's 56.
Adesanya vs Brunson form
Adesanya had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he had beat Yoel Romero at UFC 248 on 7th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Robert Whittaker at UFC 243 on 5th October 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, Australia.
He had won against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236 on 13th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at State Farm Arena, Atlanta, United States.
Adesanya's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.