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Who won Costa vs Rockhold?
Paulo Costa beat Luke Rockhold by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of UFC 278, on Saturday 20th August 2022 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of winner Paulo Costa.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Costa vs Rockhold stats
Paulo Costa stepped into the octagon with a record of 13 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Luke Rockhold made his way to the cage with a record of 16 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 8 by submission.
The stats suggested Costa had a massive power advantage over Rockhold, boasting at 85% knock out percentage over Rockhold's 38%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Rockhold had a massive advantage over Costa, boosting at 50% submission rate over Costa's 8%.
Paulo Costa was the younger man by 6 years, at 32 years old.
Rockhold had a height advantage of 2 inches over Costa. That also extended to a 5-inch reach advantage.
Costa was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 6 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 year and 7 months later than Rockhold, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 13 less professional rounds, 28 to Rockhold's 41.
Costa vs Rockhold form
Costa had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 41 on 23rd October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Yoel Romero at UFC 241 on 17th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Honda Center, Anaheim, United States.
Before that, he had beat Johny Hendricks at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
He had won against Oluwale Bamgbose at UFC 212 on 3rd June 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Costa's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 3 months and 25 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Rockhold's last 3 fights had come over a period of 6 years and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.
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