Steve Garcia
Garcia
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Dec 09 2023
Saturday

UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States

Prelim
3 rounds contest @ Featherweight
Melquizael Costa
Costa
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14-5-0
KO 2
KO 2
20-6-0

The tape

31
Age
27
6' 0" / 183 cm
Height
5' 10" / 178 cm
72.8" / 185 cm
Reach
N/A

Tape record

KOKOKOKOUD
Form
UDSUBKOKOUD
14
Wins
20
11
By KO
7
79
KO%
35
0
By SUB
6
0
SUB%
30
5
Loses
6
1
Stopped
1
1
Tapped
2
0
Draws
0
2013
Debut
2014
19
Bouts
26
40
Rounds
57
2 hours, 44 minutes
Fight Time
4 hours, 9 minutes

Tape rankings @ Featherweight

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Steve Garcia vs Melquizael Costa report

Who won Garcia vs Costa?

Steve Garcia beat Melquizael Costa by during the prelims of UFC Fight Night: Song vs. Gutierrez, on Saturday 9th December 2023 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Steve Garcia.

The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 145 pounds (10.4 stone or 65.8 KG).

Garcia vs Costa stats

Steve Garcia stepped into the octagon with a record of 14 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Melquizael Costa made his way to the cage with a record of 20 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 6 by submission.

The stats suggested Garcia had a massive power advantage over Costa, boasting at 79% knock out percentage over Costa's 35%.

If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Costa had a large advantage over Garcia, boosting at 30% submission rate over Garcia's 0%.

Steve Garcia was the older man by 4 years, at 31 years old.

Garcia had a height advantage of 2 inches over Costa.

Garcia was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 7 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2013, 10 months earlier than Costa, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 17 less professional rounds, 42 to Costa's 59.

Garcia vs Costa form

Steve Garcia had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Yilan Sha at UFC 287 on 8th April 2023 by knockout in the 2nd round at Miami-Dade Arena, Miami, United States.

Previous to that, he had beat Chase Hooper at UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Allen on 29th October 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.

Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Maheshate at UFC 275 on 11th June 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.

Before that, he had won against Charlie Ontiveros at UFC Vegas 39 on 9th October 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.

He had beat Jose Mariscal at LFA 80 on 17th January 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at Route 66 Casino Hotel, Albuquerque.

Activity check

Garcia's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 13 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.6 rounds on average.

Costa's last 4 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 9 months and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 13 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 Garcia vs Costa?

Steve Garcia was a 21/10 (+210) underdog going into the contest, while Melquizael Costa made his way into the ring at 19/50 (-260) with oddsmakers.

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