Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Edwards vs Nelson?
Leon Edwards beat Gunnar Nelson by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 5, on Saturday 16th March 2019 at 02 Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Leon Edwards.
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).
Edwards vs Nelson stats
Leon Edwards stepped into the ring with a record of 16 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Gunnar Nelson made his way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 12 by submission.
The stats suggested Edwards had advantage in power over Nelson, with a 38% knock out percentage over Nelson's 24%.
Leon Edwards was the younger man by 3 years, at 30 years old.
Edwards had a height advantage of 3 inches over Nelson. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Edwards was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 2 less fights, and made his debut in 2011, 4 year and 1 month later than Nelson, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 15 more professional rounds, 57 to Nelson's 42.
Edwards' last 2 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 2 years and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.