Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won MacDonald vs Tibau?
Gleison Tibau beat Rory MacDonald by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the main event of PFL 2021 #5, on Thursday 17th June 2021 at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Gleison Tibau.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
MacDonald vs Tibau stats
Rory MacDonald stepped into the ring with a record of 21 wins, 6 loses and 1 draw, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.
Gleison Tibau made his way to the ring with a record of 35 wins, 14 loses and 0 draws, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 14 by submission.
The stats suggested MacDonald had a large advantage in power over Tibau, boasting at 33% knock out percentage over Tibau's 11%.
Rory MacDonald was the younger man by 6 years, at 32 years old.
MacDonald had a height advantage of 2 inches over Tibau. That also extended to a 5-inch reach advantage.
MacDonald was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 21 less fights, and made his debut in 2005, 5 year and 9 months later than Tibau, whose first professional fight was in 1999. He had fought 28 less professional rounds, 83 to Tibau's 111.
MacDonald vs Tibau form
Rory MacDonald had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Curtis Millender at PFL 2021 #2 on 29th April 2021 by in the 1st round at Ocean Casino Resort, Atlantic City, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Douglas Lima at Bellator 232 on 26th October 2019 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Welterweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that contest, he had beat Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222 on 14th June 2019 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Welterweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Before that, he had drawn with Jon Fitch at Bellator 220 on 27th April 2019 by majority draw in their 5 round contest in their Bellator Welterweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose.
He had lost to Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 206 on 29th September 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose.
MacDonald's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.