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Who won Edwards vs Ward?
Fabian Edwards beat Charlie Ward by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of Bellator Milan, on Saturday 29th October 2022 at Allianz Cloud Arena in Milan.
The scorecards were announced as 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of winner Fabian Edwards.
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).
Edwards vs Ward stats
Fabian Edwards stepped into the octagon with a record of 10 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 4 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Charlie Ward made his way to the cage with a record of 10 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Ward had an advantage in power over Edwards, with a 60% knock out percentage over Edwards' 40%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Edwards had a large advantage over Ward, boasting at 30% submission rate over Ward's 0%.
Fabian Edwards was the older man by 30 years, at 30 years old.
Edwards had a height advantage of 2 inches over Ward. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Edwards was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 2 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2017, 2 year and 1 month later than Ward, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 3 less professional rounds, 34 to Ward's 37.
Edwards vs Ward form
Edwards had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Lyoto Machida at Bellator 281 on 13th May 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at SSE Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Austin Vanderford at Bellator 259 on 21st May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Costello van Steenis at Bellator Euro Series 8 on 26th September 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Allianz Cloud, Milan, Italy.
Before that, he had won against Mike Shipman at Bellator London on 23rd November 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at SSE Arena, London, England.
He had beat Jonathan Bosuku at Bellator 223 on 22nd June 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at SSE Arena, London.
Edwards' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
Ward's last 4 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Edwards vs Ward?
Fabian Edwards was a 1/6 (-630) favourite going into the contest, while Charlie Ward made his way into the ring at 7/2 (+360) with oddsmakers.