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Who won Gaethje vs Cerrone?
Justin Gaethje beat Donald Cerrone by , during the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 16, on Saturday 14th September 2019 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Justin Gaethje.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Gaethje vs Cerrone stats
Justin Gaethje stepped into the ring with a record of 20 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 17 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Donald Cerrone made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 0 wins and 0 draws.
The stats suggested Gaethje had a massive power advantage over Cerrone, boasting at 85% knock out percentage over Cerrone's 0%.
Justin Gaethje was the younger man by 6 years, at 32 years old.
Cerrone had a height advantage of 2 inches over Gaethje. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Gaethje was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 22 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 5 year and 6 months later than Cerrone, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 61 less professional rounds, 52 to Cerrone's 113.
Gaethje vs Cerrone form
Justin Gaethje had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on 14th September 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canada.
Previous to that, he had defeated Edson Barboza at UFC on ESPN 2 on 30th March 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat James Vick at UFC Fight Night 135 on 25th August 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln.
Before that, he had been beaten by Dustin Poirier at UFC on FOX 29 on 14th April 2018 by knockout in the 4th round at Gila River Arena, Glendale.
He had lost to Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on 2nd December 2017 by knockout in the 3rd round at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit.
Cerrone had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Al Iaquinta at UFC on ESPN+ 9 on 4th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Canada.
Previous to that, he had won against Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139 on 10th November 2018 by submission in the 1st round at Pepsi Center, Denver, United States.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Leon Edwards 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 beat Yancy Medeiros at UFC Fight Night 126 on 18th February 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Frank Erwin Center, Austin, United States.
He had lost to Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 118 on 21st October 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at Ergo Arena, Gdansk, Poland.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Justin Gaethje had been fighting more than Donald Cerrone.
Going to this contest, Justin Gaethje had last fought 2 years and 3 days ago, while Donald Cerrone's last outing had been 2 years, 4 months and 13 days ago.
Gaethje's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 9 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 4 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Cerrone's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.