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Who won Medeiros vs Sanchez?
Yancy Medeiros beat Emmanuel Sanchez by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of Bellator 279, on Saturday 23rd April 2022 at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 in favor of winner Yancy Medeiros.
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).
Medeiros vs Sanchez stats
Yancy Medeiros stepped into the ring with a record of 15 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Emmanuel Sanchez made his way to the ring with a record of 20 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, with 1 of those wins by knock out and 8 by submission.
The stats suggested Medeiros had a massive power advantage over Sanchez, boasting at 53% knock out percentage over Sanchez's 5%.
Yancy Medeiros was the older man by 3 years, at 34 years old.
Medeiros had a height advantage of 1 inch over Sanchez. That also extended to a 6-inch reach advantage.
Medeiros was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 5 less fights, and made his debut in 2007, 4 years and 1 month earlier than Sanchez, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 27 less professional rounds, 42 to Sanchez's 69.
Medeiros vs Sanchez form
Yancy Medeiros had stopped 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Damir Had ovi at UFC Vegas 30 on 26th June 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Lando Vannata at UFC on ESPN+ 25 on 15th February 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Gregor Gillespie at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on 19th January 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
Before that, he had been beaten by Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 126 on 18th February 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Frank Erwin Center, Austin.
He had defeated Erick Silva at UFC 212 on 3rd June 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at HSBC Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Emmanuel Sanchez had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Jeremy Kennedy at Bellator MMA on 3rd December 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had lost to Mads Burnell at Bellator 263 on 31st July 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at The Forum, Inglewood.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 255 on 2nd April 2021 by submission in the 1st round in their Bellator Featherweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Before that, he had beat Daniel Weichel at Bellator 252 on 12th November 2020 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
He had won against Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 218 on 22nd March 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at WinStar World Casino, Thackerville.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Emmanuel Sanchez had been fighting more than Yancy Medeiros.
Going to this contest, Yancy Medeiros had last fought 10 months and 28 days ago, while Emmanuel Sanchez's last outing had been 5 months and 21 days ago.
Medeiros' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 11 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.
Sanchez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.