Tape rankings @ Lightweight
Who won Barnaoui vs Primus?
Brent Primus beat Mansour Barnaoui by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest during the co-main event of Bellator MMA Paris, on Friday 12th May 2023 at Accor Arena in Paris.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Brent Primus.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Barnaoui vs Primus stats
Mansour Barnaoui stepped into the octagon with a record of 20 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 13 by submission.
Brent Primus made his way to the cage with a record of 11 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 2 of those wins by knock out and 6 by submission.
The stats suggested Barnaoui had an advantage in power over Primus, with a 30% knock out percentage over Primus' 18%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Barnaoui had a slight advantage over Primus, with a 65% submission rate over Primus' 55%.
Mansour Barnaoui was the younger man by 7 years, at 31 years old.
Barnaoui had a height advantage of 2 inches over Primus.
Barnaoui was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 10 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 4 months later than Primus, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 22 more professional rounds, 54 to Primus' 32.
Barnaoui vs Primus form
Brent Primus had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Alexander Shabliy at Bellator 282 on 24th June 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Benson Henderson at Bellator 266 on 16th October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Footprint Center, Phoenix.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Islam Mamedov at Bellator 263 on 31st July 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at The Forum, Inglewood.
Before that, he had beat Chris Bungard at Bellator 240 on 22nd February 2020 by submission in the 1st round at 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland.
He had defeated Tim Wilde at Bellator Birmingham on 4th May 2019 by submission in the 1st round at Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Primus' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 4 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Barnaoui vs Primus?
Mansour Barnaoui was a 2/7 (-360) favourite going into the contest, while Brent Primus made his way into the ring at 47/20 (+240) with oddsmakers.