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Who won Jr. vs Salter?
Rafael Lovato Jr beat John Salter by submission in the 3rd round during the co-main event of Bellator 205, on Friday 21st September 2018 at Centurylink Arena in Boise.
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).
Jr. vs Salter stats
Rafael Lovato Jr stepped into the octagon with an undefeated record of 8 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 2 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
John Salter made his way to the cage with a record of 15 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 8 by submission.
The stats suggested Salter had a large advantage in power over Lovato Jr, boosting at 47% knock out percentage over Lovato Jr's 25%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Lovato Jr had a slight advantage over Salter, with a 63% submission rate over Salter's 53%.
Rafael Lovato Jr was the older man by 2 years, at 40 years old.
Lovato Jr had a height advantage of 2 inches over Salter. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Lovato Jr was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 10 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2014, 5 year and 5 months later than Salter, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 24 less professional rounds, 21 to Salter's 45.
Jr. vs Salter form
John Salter had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Johnny Eblen at Bellator 276 on 11th March 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at The Family Arena, St. Louis, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 264 on 13th August 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that contest, he had won against Andrew Kapel at Bellator 244 on 21st August 2020 by submission in the 3rd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Before that, he had beat Costello van Steenis at Bellator 233 on 8th November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at WinStar World Casino, Thackerville.
He had defeated Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 210 on 30th November 2018 by submission in the 1st round at WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville.
Salter's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 2 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
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