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Who won McKee vs Carlyle?
AJ McKee Jr beat Spike Carlyle by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of Bellator 286, on Saturday 1st October 2022 at Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in Long Beach.
The scorecards were announced as 29-26, 30-26, 30-27 in favor of winner AJ McKee Jr.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
McKee vs Carlyle stats
AJ McKee Jr stepped into the octagon with a record of 18 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.
Spike Carlyle made his way to the cage with a record of 14 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 7 by submission.
The stats suggested Carlyle had a slight advantage in power over McKee Jr, with a 43% knock out percentage over McKee Jr's 33%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Carlyle had an advantage over McKee Jr, with a 50% submission rate over McKee Jr's 39%.
AJ McKee Jr was the younger man by 2 years, at 28 years old.
McKee Jr had a height advantage of 2 inches over Carlyle. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
McKee Jr was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 2 more fights, and made his debut in 2015, 2 years and 4 months earlier than Carlyle, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 8 more professional rounds, 47 to Carlyle's 39.
McKee vs Carlyle form
AJ McKee Jr had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 277 on 15th April 2022 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 263 on 31st July 2021 by unanimous decision in the 1st round in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at The Forum, Inglewood.
Going into that contest, he had won against Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 253 on 19th November 2020 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Before that, he had beat Derek Campos at Bellator 236 on 21st December 2019 by unanimous decision in the 3rd round at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu.
He had defeated Pat Curran at Bellator 221 on 11th May 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Allstate Arena, Rosemont.
Carlyle had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Koji Takeda at RIZIN 35 on 17th April 2022 by submission in the 2nd round at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Chofu, Japan.
Previous to that, he had won against Dan Moret at Bellator MMA on 3rd December 2021 by submission in the 3rd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Going into that contest, he had defeated JJ Ambrose at Cage Warriors 130 on 17th October 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at Humphrey's on the Bay, San Diego, California.
Before that, he had been beaten by Bill Algeo at UFC Vegas 15 on 28th November 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
He had lost to Billy Quarantillo at UFC Vegas 1 on 30th May 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Spike Carlyle had been fighting more than AJ McKee Jr.
Going to this contest, AJ McKee Jr had last fought 1 year, 7 months and 15 days ago, while Spike Carlyle's last outing had been 1 year, 7 months and 13 days ago.
McKee Jr's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 28 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
Carlyle's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years and 6 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
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