Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Kelly vs Hicks?
Nathan Kelly beat Zachary Hicks by submission in the 1st round during the co-main event of PFL Challenger Series 2023 – Week 6, on Friday 3rd March 2023 at Universal Studios in Orlando.
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).
Kelly vs Hicks stats
Nathan Kelly stepped into the octagon with a record of 6 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Zachary Hicks made his way to the cage with a record of 8 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Kelly had a massive power advantage over Hicks, boasting at 50% knock out percentage over Hicks' 0%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Hicks had a large advantage over Kelly, boosting at 63% submission rate over Kelly's 33%.
Nathan Kelly was the younger man by 8 years, at 26 years old.
Kelly was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 4 fewer fights, and made his debut in , 9 years and 6 months earlier than Hicks, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 11 less professional rounds, 16 to Hicks' 27.
Kelly's last 2 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 9 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 4 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Kelly vs Hicks?
Nathan Kelly was a 2/11 (-560) favourite going into the contest, while Zachary Hicks made his way into the ring at 7/2 (+350) with oddsmakers.