Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Luque vs Anjos?
Vicente Luque beat Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest during the main event of UFC Fight Night – Luque vs Dos Anjos, on Saturday 12th August 2023 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 in favor of winner Vicente Luque.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Luque vs Anjos stats
Vicente Luque stepped into the octagon with a record of 21 wins, 9 loses and 1 draw, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
Rafael dos Anjos made his way to the cage with a record of 32 wins, 14 loses and 0 draws, with 5 of those wins by knock out and 11 by submission.
The stats suggested Luque had a massive power advantage over Anjos, boasting at 52% knock out percentage over Anjos' 16%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Luque had a slight advantage over Anjos, with a 38% submission rate over Anjos' 34%.
Vicente Luque was the younger man by 7 years, at 32 years old.
Luque had a height advantage of 3 inches over Anjos. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Luque was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 15 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2009, 4 year and 9 months later than Anjos, whose first professional fight was in 2004. He had fought 66 less professional rounds, 70 to Anjos' 136.
Luque vs Anjos form
Rafael dos Anjos had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Bryan Barberena at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland on 3rd December 2022 by submission in the 2nd round at Amway Center, Orlando, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Rafael Fiziev at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev on 9th July 2022 by knockout in the 5th round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had won against Renato Moicano at UFC 272 on 5th March 2022 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had beat Paul Felder at UFC Vegas 14 on 14th November 2020 by split decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had lost to Michael Chiesa at UFC on ESPN+ 24 on 25th January 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at PNC Arena, Raleigh.
Anjos' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 20 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Luque vs Anjos?
Vicente Luque was a 9/10 (-110) underdog going into the contest, while Rafael dos Anjos made his way into the ring at 9/10 (-110) with oddsmakers.