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Who won Santos vs Ankalaev?
Magomed Ankalaev beat Thiago Santos by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC Fight Night, on Saturday 12th March 2022 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 46-49, 46-49, 47-48 in favor of winner Magomed Ankalaev.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Santos vs Ankalaev stats
Thiago Santos stepped into the ring with a record of 22 wins, 9 loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Magomed Ankalaev made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 8 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Santos had advantage in power over Ankalaev, with a 68% knock out percentage over Ankalaev's 53%.
Thiago Santos was the older man by 8 years, at 38 years old.
Ankalaev had a height advantage of 1 inch over Santos. Despite this, he had 1-inch reach advantage.
Santos was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 15 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 3 years and 1 month earlier than Ankalaev, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 29 more professional rounds, 66 to Ankalaev's 37.
Santos vs Ankalaev form
Santos had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Johnny Walker at UFC Vegas 38 on 2nd October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Glover Teixeira at UFC Vegas 13 on 7th November 2020 by unanimous decision in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had been beaten by Jon Jones at UFC 239 on 6th July 2019 by split decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
He had defeated Jan Blachowicz at UFC on ESPN+ 3 on 23rd February 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic.
Santos' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
Ankalaev's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.