Tape rankings @ Women’s Flyweight
Who won Kielholtz vs Watanabe?
Kana Watanabe beat Denise Kielholtz by submission in the 2nd round, during the main card of Bellator 281, on Friday 13th May 2022 at SSE Arena in London.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Women’s Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 125 pounds (8.9 stone or 56.7 KG).
Kielholtz vs Watanabe stats
Denise Kielholtz stepped into the ring with a record of 6 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 2 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Kana Watanabe made her way to the ring with a record of 10 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 3 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Kielholtz had a slight advantage in power over Watanabe, with a 33% knock out percentage over Watanabe's 30%.
Denise Kielholtz was the same age as Kana Watanabe, at 33 years old.
Watanabe had a height advantage of 3 inches over Kielholtz. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Kielholtz was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 3 less fights, and made her debut in 2015, 2 years and 1 month earlier than Watanabe, whose first professional fight was in 2017. She had fought 6 less professional rounds, 20 to Watanabe's 26.
Kielholtz vs Watanabe form
Watanabe had beaten 4 of her last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In her last fight leading up to this contest, she had lost to Liz Carmouche at Bellator 261 on 25th June 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, she had defeated Alejandra Lara at Bellator 255 on 2nd April 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that contest, she had beat Ilara Joanne at Bellator 237 on 28th December 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Before that, she had won against Justyna Haba at RIZIN 15 on 21st April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Yokohama Arena, Yokohama.
She had beat Shizuka Sugiyama at RIZIN Heisei’s Last Yarennoka! on 30th December 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo.
Kielholtz's last 4 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 22 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 1 year and 13 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Watanabe's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 28 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 8 months and 6 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.