Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Machida vs Carvalho?
Lyoto Machida beat Rafael Carvalho by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the co-main event of Bellator 213, on Saturday 15th December 2018 at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Lyoto Machida.
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).
Machida vs Carvalho stats
Lyoto Machida stepped into the ring with a record of 24 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 10 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Rafael Carvalho made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Carvalho had a massive power advantage over Machida, boosting at 80% knock out percentage over Machida's 42%.
Lyoto Machida was the older man by 8 years, at 43 years old.
Carvalho had a height advantage of 2 inches over Machida. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Machida was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 15 more fights, and made his debut in 2003, 8 years and 7 months earlier than Carvalho, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 47 more professional rounds, 93 to Carvalho's 46.
Machida vs Carvalho form
Machida had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 228 on 28th September 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at The Forum, Inglewood, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Chael Sonnen at Bellator 222 on 14th June 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Going into that contest, he had beat Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 213 on 15th December 2018 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.
Before that, he had won against Vitor Belfort at UFC 224 on 12th May 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
He had beat Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 125 on 3rd February 2018 by split decision in their 5 round contest at Mangueirinho Gymnasium, Belem.
Machida's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 14 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Carvalho's last 3 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 3 months and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.