Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Burnell vs Sanchez?
Mads Burnell beat Emmanuel Sanchez by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the co-main event of Bellator 263, on Saturday 31st July 2021 at The Forum in Inglewood.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 in favor of winner Mads Burnell.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).
Burnell vs Sanchez stats
Mads Burnell stepped into the ring with a record of 14 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 1 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Emmanuel Sanchez made his way to the ring with a record of 20 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 1 of those wins by knock out and 8 by submission.
The stats suggested Burnell had a slight advantage in power over Sanchez, with a 7% knock out percentage over Sanchez's 5%.
Mads Burnell was the younger man by 3 years, at 28 years old.
Sanchez had a height advantage of 1 inch over Burnell. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Burnell was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 7 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 1 year and 10 months later than Sanchez, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 26 less professional rounds, 43 to Sanchez's 69.
Burnell vs Sanchez form
Burnell had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 4 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Saul Rogers at Bellator 257 on 16th April 2021 by in the 2nd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Darko Banovi at Bellator 248 on 10th October 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Accor Arena, Paris, France.
Going into that contest, he had beat Steve Aimable at Cage Warriors 111 on 22nd November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Indigo at the O2, London, England.
Before that, he had won against Dean Trueman at Cage Warriors 106 on 29th June 2019 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round in their Cage Warriors Featherweight championship fight at Eventim Apollo, London.
He had beat Ahmed Vila at Cage Warriors 103 on 9th March 2019 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at K.B Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Emmanuel Sanchez had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 255 on 2nd April 2021 by submission in the 1st round in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Daniel Weichel at Bellator 252 on 12th November 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that contest, he had won against Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 218 on 22nd March 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at WinStar World Casino, Thackerville.
Before that, he had been beaten by Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 209 on 15th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at Menora Mivtachim, Tel Aviv, Israel.
He had defeated Sam Sicilia at Bellator 198 on 28th April 2018 by submission in the 1st round at AllState Arena, Rosemont, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Mads Burnell had been fighting more than Emmanuel Sanchez.
Going to this contest, Mads Burnell had last fought 1 year, 1 month and 12 days ago, while Emmanuel Sanchez's last outing had been 1 year, 1 month and 26 days ago.
Burnell's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 23 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
Sanchez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 1 month, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.