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Ion Cutelaba vs Kennedy Nzechukwu report
Who won Cutelaba vs Nzechukwu?
Kennedy Nzechukwu beat Ion Cutelaba by during the main event of UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivak, on Saturday 19th November 2022 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Kennedy Nzechukwu.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Cutelaba vs Nzechukwu stats
Ion Cutelaba stepped into the octagon with a record of 16 wins, 8 loses and 1 draw, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Kennedy Nzechukwu made his way to the cage with a record of 10 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 7 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Cutelaba had a slight advantage in power over Nzechukwu, with a 75% knock out percentage over Nzechukwu's 70%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Cutelaba had an advantage over Nzechukwu, with a 13% submission rate over Nzechukwu's 0%.
Ion Cutelaba was the younger man by 1 year, at 29 years old.
Nzechukwu had a height advantage of 4 inches over Cutelaba. That also extended to a 8-inch reach advantage.
Cutelaba was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 12 more fights, and made his debut in 2012, 4 years and 7 months earlier than Nzechukwu, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 8 more professional rounds, 40 to Nzechukwu's 32.
Cutelaba vs Nzechukwu form
Ion Cutelaba had beaten 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Johnny Walker at UFC 279 on 10th September 2022 by in the 1st round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Ryan Spann at UFC Fight Night: Błachowicz vs. Rakić on 14th May 2022 by in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Devin Clark at UFC Vegas 37 on 18th September 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had drawn with Dustin Jacoby at UFC Vegas 25 on 1st May 2021 by split draw in their 3 round contest.
He had lost to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC 254 on 24th October 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Nzechukwu had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Karl Roberson at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev on 9th July 2022 by knockout in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Nick Negumereanu at UFC 272 on 5th March 2022 by split decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Da Un Jung at UFC Vegas 42 on 13th November 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat Danilo Marques at UFC Vegas 30 on 26th June 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had won against Darko Sto i at UFC on ESPN 5 on 3rd August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Prudential Center, Newark.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Ion Cutelaba had been fighting more than Kennedy Nzechukwu.
Going to this contest, Ion Cutelaba had last fought 6 months and 20 days ago, while Kennedy Nzechukwu's last outing had been 8 months and 21 days ago.
Cutelaba's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
Nzechukwu's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Cutelaba vs Nzechukwu?
Ion Cutelaba was a 29/20 (+150) underdog going into the contest, while Kennedy Nzechukwu made his way into the ring at 14/25 (-180) with oddsmakers.
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