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Who won Błachowicz vs Souza?
Jan Blachowicz beat Ronaldo Souza by split decision in their 5 round contest, during the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 22, on Saturday 16th November 2019 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Jan Blachowicz.
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).
Błachowicz vs Souza stats
Jan Blachowicz stepped into the ring with a record of 24 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 9 by submission.
Ronaldo Souza made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested Blachowicz had a large advantage in power over Souza, boasting at 25% knock out percentage over Souza's 0%.
Jan Blachowicz was the younger man by 3 years, at 39 years old.
Blachowicz had a height advantage of 1 inch over Souza. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Blachowicz was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 32 more fights, and made his debut in 2007, 3 year and 5 months later than Souza, whose first professional fight was in 2003. He had fought 87 more professional rounds, 87 to Souza's 0.
Błachowicz vs Souza form
Blachowicz 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 Glover Teixeira at UFC 267 on 30th October 2021 by in the 2nd round in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight.
Previous to that, he had defeated Israel Adesanya at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by unanimous decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Dominick Reyes at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, he had won against Corey Anderson at UFC on ESPN+ 25 on 15th February 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho, United States.
He had beat Ronaldo Souza at UFC on ESPN+ 22 on 16th November 2019 by split decision in their 5 round contest at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ronaldo Souza remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Jack Hermansson at UFC on ESPN+ 8 on 27th April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at BB&T Center, Sunrise, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Chris Weidman at UFC 230 on 3rd November 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 224 on 12th May 2018 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Before that, he had won against Derek Brunson at UFC on FOX 27 on 27th January 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Spectrum Center, Charlotte, United States.
He had lost to Robert Whittaker at UFC on FOX 24 on 15th April 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at Sprint Center, Kansas City.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Jan Blachowicz had been fighting more than Ronaldo Souza.
Going to this contest, Jan Blachowicz had last fought 6 months and 20 days ago, while Ronaldo Souza's last outing had been 3 years and 23 days ago.
Blachowicz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Souza's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 1 month and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.