Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Burns vs Nelson?
Gilbert Burns beat Gunnar Nelson by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC on ESPN+ 18, on Saturday 28th September 2019 at Royal Arena in Copenhagen.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Gilbert Burns.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Burns vs Nelson stats
Gilbert Burns stepped into the ring with a record of 16 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 5 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Gunnar Nelson made his way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 12 by submission.
The stats suggested Burns had a slight advantage in power over Nelson, with a 31% knock out percentage over Nelson's 24%.
Gilbert Burns was the older man by 2 years, at 35 years old.
Nelson had a height advantage of 1 inch over Burns. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Burns was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 3 less fights, and made his debut in 2012, 10 year and 3 months later than Nelson, whose first professional fight was in . He had fought 7 more professional rounds, 52 to Nelson's 45.
Burns vs Nelson form
Burns had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Stephen Thompson at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Kamaru Usman at UFC 258 on 13th February 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round in their UFC Welterweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 1 on 30th May 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had won against Demian Maia at UFC on ESPN+ 28 on 14th March 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Ginásio Nilson Nelson, Brasilia, Brazil.
He had beat Gunnar Nelson at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 28th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Burns' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Nelson's last 4 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 1 month and 29 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.