Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Burns vs Thompson?
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 ring 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 ring 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 advantage in power over Burns, with a 44% knock out percentage over Burns' 32%.
Gilbert Burns was the younger man by 3 years, at 35 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, 49 to Thompson's 62.
Burns vs Thompson form
Stephen Thompson had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat 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 beat 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 been beaten by 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 lost to 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.
Burns' last 4 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 9 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Thompson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 8 months and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.