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Who won Burns vs Thompson?
Gilbert Burns beat Stephen Thompson by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of UFC 264, on Saturday 10th July 2021 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 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 Thompson stats
Gilbert Burns stepped into the octagon with a record of 19 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Stephen Thompson made his way to the cage with a record of 16 wins, 4 loses and 1 draw, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Thompson had an advantage in power over Burns, with a 44% knock out percentage over Burns' 32%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Burns had a massive advantage over Thompson, boasting at 42% submission rate over Thompson's 6%.
Gilbert Burns was the younger man by 3 years, at 36 years old.
Thompson had a height advantage of 2 inches over Burns. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Burns was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 2 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 1 year and 11 months later than Thompson, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 13 less professional rounds, 52 to Thompson's 65.
Burns vs Thompson 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.
Stephen Thompson had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Geoff Neal at UFC Vegas 17 on 19th December 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Vicente Luque at UFC 244 on 2nd November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Anthony Pettis at UFC on ESPN+ 6 on 23rd March 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville.
Before that, he had been beaten by Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 130 on 27th May 2018 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Echo Arena, Liverpool, United Kingdom.
He had won against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Gilbert Burns had been fighting more than Stephen Thompson.
Going to this contest, Gilbert Burns had last fought 1 year, 4 months and 14 days ago, while Stephen Thompson's last outing had been 1 year, 11 months and 5 days ago.
Burns' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Thompson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
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