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Who won Machida vs Edwards?
Fabian Edwards beat Lyoto Machida by , during the co-main event of Bellator 281, on Friday 13th May 2022 at SSE Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Fabian Edwards.
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 Edwards stats
Lyoto Machida stepped into the ring with a record of 26 wins, 10 loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Fabian Edwards made his way to the ring with a record of 9 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 3 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Machida had a slight advantage in power over Edwards, with a 42% knock out percentage over Edwards' 33%.
Lyoto Machida was the older man by 14 years, at 43 years old.
Edwards had 6-inch reach advantage.
Machida was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 26 more fights, and made his debut in 2003, 14 years earlier than Edwards, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 76 more professional rounds, 99 to Edwards' 23.
Machida vs Edwards form
Machida had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Ryan Bader at Bellator 256 on 9th April 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Phil Davis at Bellator 245 on 11th September 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that 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.
Before 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.
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.
Edwards had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Austin Vanderford at Bellator 259 on 21st May 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Costello van Steenis at Bellator Euro Series 8 on 26th September 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Allianz Cloud, Milan, Italy.
Going into that contest, he had won against Mike Shipman at Bellator London on 23rd November 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at SSE Arena, London, England.
Before that, he had beat Jonathan Bosuku at Bellator 223 on 22nd June 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at SSE Arena, London.
He had defeated Falco Neto at Bellator Birmingham on 4th May 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Resorts World Arena, Birmingham, United Kingdom.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Fabian Edwards had been fighting more than Lyoto Machida.
Going to this contest, Lyoto Machida had last fought 1 year, 1 month and 12 days ago, while Fabian Edwards' last outing had been 1 year ago.
Machida's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 16 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.2 rounds on average.
Edwards' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 17 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.