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Who won Gastelum vs Curtis?
Kelvin Gastelum beat Chris Curtis by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the prelims of UFC 287, on Saturday 8th April 2023 at Miami-Dade Arena in Miami.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Kelvin Gastelum.
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).
Gastelum vs Curtis stats
Kelvin Gastelum stepped into the octagon with a record of 16 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Chris Curtis made his way to the cage with a record of 29 wins, 9 loses and 0 draws, with 16 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Curtis had an advantage in power over Gastelum, with a 55% knock out percentage over Gastelum's 38%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Gastelum had a large advantage over Curtis, boasting at 25% submission rate over Curtis' 3%.
Kelvin Gastelum was the younger man by 4 years, at 32 years old.
Curtis had a height advantage of 1 inch over Gastelum. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Gastelum was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 14 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2010, 1 year and 5 months later than Curtis, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 41 less professional rounds, 70 to Curtis' 111.
Gastelum vs Curtis form
Kelvin Gastelum had beaten 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Jared Cannonier at UFC Vegas 34 on 21st August 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Enterprise, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Robert Whittaker at UFC Vegas 24 on 17th April 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Ian Heinisch at UFC 258 on 13th February 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had lost to Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Island 2 on 18th July 2020 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He had been beaten by Darren Till at UFC 244 on 2nd November 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States.
Curtis had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Joaquin Buckley at UFC 282 on 10th December 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had lost to Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night London on 23rd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at The O2, London, United Kingdom.
Going into that contest, he had beat Rodolfo Vieira at UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs. Gamrot on 25th June 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Before that, he had won against Brendan Allen at UFC Fight Night on 4th December 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had beat Phil Hawes at UFC 268 on 6th November 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Chris Curtis had been fighting more than Kelvin Gastelum.
Going to this contest, Kelvin Gastelum had last fought 2 years, 3 months and 9 days ago, while Chris Curtis' last outing had been 11 months and 20 days ago.
Gastelum's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 28 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 17 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.4 rounds on average.
Curtis' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years and 24 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Gastelum vs Curtis?
Kelvin Gastelum was a 37/50 (-140) favourite going into the contest, while Chris Curtis made his way into the ring at 11/10 (+110) with oddsmakers.