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, 11 year later than Nelson, whose first professional fight was in . He had fought 12 more professional rounds, 57 to Nelson's 45.
Edwards vs Nelson form
Edwards had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 4 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on ESPN 4 on 20th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at AT&T Center, San Antonio, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Gunnar Nelson at UFC on ESPN+ 5 on 16th March 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had beat Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 132 on 23rd June 2018 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.
Before that, he had won against Peter Sobotta at UFC Fight Night 127 on 17th March 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
He had beat Bryan Barberena at UFC Fight Night 115 on 2nd September 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Gunnar Nelson had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Gilbert Burns at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 28th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Leon Edwards at UFC on ESPN+ 5 on 16th March 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Alex Oliveira at UFC 231 on 8th December 2018 by submission in the 2nd round at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
Before that, he had lost to Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 113 on 16th July 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow, Scotland.
He had won against Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107 on 18th March 2017 by submission in the 2nd round at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Leon Edwards had been fighting more than Gunnar Nelson.
Going to this contest, Leon Edwards had last fought 2 years and 11 months ago, while Gunnar Nelson's last outing had been 2 years, 8 months and 23 days ago.
Edwards' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 9 months and 18 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
Nelson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 3 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.