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Who won Blaydes vs Abdurakhimov?
Curtis Blaydes beat Shamil Abdurakhimov by , during the main card of UFC 242, on Saturday 7th September 2019 at du Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Curtis Blaydes.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Blaydes vs Abdurakhimov stats
Curtis Blaydes stepped into the ring with a record of 11 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Shamil Abdurakhimov made his way to the ring with a record of 20 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out and 4 by submission.
The stats suggested Blaydes had a large advantage in power over Abdurakhimov, boasting at 73% knock out percentage over Abdurakhimov's 45%.
Curtis Blaydes was the younger man by 9 years, at 31 years old.
Blaydes had a height advantage of 1 inch over Abdurakhimov. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Blaydes was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 11 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 6 year and 1 month later than Abdurakhimov, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 7 less professional rounds, 46 to Abdurakhimov's 53.
Blaydes vs Abdurakhimov form
Blaydes had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Alexander Volkov at UFC Vegas 3 on 20th June 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Junior dos Santos at UFC on ESPN+ 24 on 25th January 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at PNC Arena, Raleigh.
Going into that contest, he had beat Shamil Abdurakhimov at UFC 242 on 7th September 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at du Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Before that, he had won against Justin Willis at UFC on ESPN+ 6 on 23rd March 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, United States.
He had been beaten by Francis NGannou at UFC Fight Night 141 on 24th November 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Cadillac Arena, Beijing, China.
Blaydes' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.