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Who won Mousasi vs Vanderford?
Gegard Mousasi beat Austin Vanderford by , during the main event of Bellator MMA, on Friday 25th February 2022 at 3Arena Dublin in Dublin.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Gegard Mousasi.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
This contest was for the Bellator middleweight championship.
Mousasi vs Vanderford stats
Gegard Mousasi stepped into the ring with a record of 48 wins, 7 loses and 2 draws, 27 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 12 by submission.
Austin Vanderford made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 10 wins and 0 draws, with 3 of those by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Mousasi had a large advantage in power over Vanderford, boasting at 56% knock out percentage over Vanderford's 30%.
Gegard Mousasi was the older man by 5 years, at 37 years old.
Mousasi had a height advantage of 3 inches over Vanderford. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Mousasi was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 47 more fights, and made his debut in 2003, 13 years and 10 months earlier than Vanderford, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 87 more professional rounds, 110 to Vanderford's 23.
Mousasi vs Vanderford form
Mousasi 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 defeated John Salter at Bellator 264 on 13th August 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Douglas Lima at Bellator 250 on 29th October 2020 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that contest, he had beat Lyoto Machida at Bellator 228 on 28th September 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at The Forum, Inglewood.
Before that, he had been beaten by Rafael Lovato Jr at Bellator 223 on 22nd June 2019 by majority decision in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at SSE Arena, London, England.
He had won against Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206 on 29th September 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose, United States.
Mousasi's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
Vanderford's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.5 rounds on average.