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Who won Bukauskas vs Pauga?
Modestas Bukauskas beat Zac Pauga by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the prelims of UFC Fight Night – Vettori vs. Cannonier, on Saturday 17th June 2023 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Modestas Bukauskas.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Bukauskas vs Pauga stats
Modestas Bukauskas stepped into the octagon with a record of 14 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 9 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Zac Pauga made his way to the cage with a record of 6 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 1 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Bukauskas had a massive power advantage over Pauga, boasting at 64% knock out percentage over Pauga's 17%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Bukauskas had an advantage over Pauga, with a 14% submission rate over Pauga's 0%.
Modestas Bukauskas was the older man by 29 years, at 29 years old.
Bukauskas had a height advantage of 3 inches over Pauga.
Bukauskas was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 12 more fights, and made his debut in 2015, 5 years and 2 months earlier than Pauga, whose first professional fight was in 2020. He had fought 19 more professional rounds, 40 to Pauga's 21.
Bukauskas vs Pauga form
Bukauskas had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Tyson Pedro at UFC 284 on 11th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at RAC Arena, Perth, Western Australia.
Previous to that, he had won against Chuck Campbell at Cage Warriors 148 on 31st December 2022 by knockout in the 4th round at Indigo at the O2, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had beat Lee Chadwick at Cage Warriors 145 on 4th November 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Indigo at the O2, London.
Before that, he had been beaten by Khalil Rountree at UFC Vegas 36 on 4th September 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
He had lost to Michal Oleksiejczuk at UFC 260 on 27th March 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Zac Pauga had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Jordan Wright at UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Blanchfield on 18th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Mohammed Usman at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Hill on 6th August 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Markus Perez at Cage Warriors 130 on 17th October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Humphrey's on the Bay, San Diego, California.
Before that, he had won against Terrance Jean-Jacques at Cage Warriors 126 on 1st August 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Humphrey's by the Bay, San Diego, United States.
He had defeated Zac Cavender at LFA 87 on 31st July 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Modestas Bukauskas had been fighting more than Zac Pauga.
Going to this contest, Modestas Bukauskas had last fought 7 months and 15 days ago, while Zac Pauga's last outing had been 7 months and 8 days ago.
Bukauskas' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Pauga's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Bukauskas vs Pauga?
Modestas Bukauskas was a 1/2 (-200) favourite going into the contest, while Zac Pauga made his way into the ring at 17/10 (+170) with oddsmakers.