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Who won Machida vs Sonnen?
Lyoto Machida beat Chael Sonnen by , during the co-main event of Bellator 222, on Friday 14th June 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Lyoto Machida.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Machida vs Sonnen stats
Lyoto Machida stepped into the ring with a record of 25 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, 10 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 2 by submission.
Chael Sonnen made his way to the ring with a record of 31 wins, 16 loses and 1 draw, with 8 of those wins by knock out and 4 by submission.
The stats suggested Machida had advantage in power over Sonnen, with a 40% knock out percentage over Sonnen's 26%.
Lyoto Machida was the younger man by 1 year, at 43 years old.
Machida was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 15 less fights, and made his debut in 2003, 5 year and 11 months later than Sonnen, whose first professional fight was in 1997. He had fought 7 less professional rounds, 93 to Sonnen's 100.
Machida vs Sonnen form
Machida had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to 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.
Sonnen's last 2 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 7 months and 28 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 9 months and 30 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 4 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.