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Who won Cannonier vs Strickland?
Jared Cannonier beat Sean Strickland by split decision in their 5 round contest during the main event of UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs. Strickland, on Saturday 17th December 2022 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 49-46, 46-49, 49-46 in favor of winner Jared Cannonier.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Cannonier vs Strickland stats
Jared Cannonier stepped into the octagon with a record of 15 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 10 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Sean Strickland made his way to the cage with a record of 25 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 10 of those wins by knock out and 4 by submission.
The stats suggested Cannonier had a large advantage in power over Strickland, boasting at 67% knock out percentage over Strickland's 40%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Strickland had a slight advantage over Cannonier, with a 16% submission rate over Cannonier's 13%.
Jared Cannonier was the older man by 7 years, at 39 years old.
Strickland had a height advantage of 2 inches over Cannonier. Despite this, he had 2-inch reach advantage.
Cannonier was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 8 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2011, 3 year and 2 months later than Strickland, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 27 less professional rounds, 57 to Strickland's 84.
Cannonier vs Strickland form
Cannonier had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Israel Adesanya at UFC 276 on 2nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Derek Brunson at UFC 271 on 12th February 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at Toyota Center, Houston.
Going into that contest, he had beat Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 34 on 21st August 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Enterprise.
Before that, he had been beaten by Robert Whittaker at UFC 254 on 24th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had won against Jack Hermansson at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 28th September 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Strickland had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Alex Pereira at UFC 276 on 2nd July 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night on 5th February 2022 by split decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Uriah Hall at UFC Vegas 33 on 31st July 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had won against Krzysztof Jotko at UFC Vegas 25 on 1st May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest.
He had defeated Brendan Allen at UFC Vegas 14 on 14th November 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Sean Strickland had been fighting more than Jared Cannonier.
Going to this contest, Jared Cannonier had last fought 1 year, 5 months and 4 days ago, while Sean Strickland's last outing had been 1 year, 5 months and 4 days ago.
Cannonier's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 2 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 17 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.4 rounds on average.
Strickland's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Cannonier vs Strickland?
Jared Cannonier was a 17/20 (-130) favourite going into the contest, while Sean Strickland made his way into the ring at 19/20 (+110) with oddsmakers.