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Who won Murtazaliev vs Johnson?
Khalid Murtazaliev beat Tony Johnson by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the prelims of Bellator 292, on Friday 10th March 2023 at SAP Center in San Jose.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Khalid Murtazaliev.
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).
Murtazaliev vs Johnson stats
Khalid Murtazaliev stepped into the octagon with a record of 15 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Tony Johnson made his way to the cage with a record of 8 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 5 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Murtazaliev had a large advantage in power over Johnson, boasting at 87% knock out percentage over Johnson's 63%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested that Murtazaliev and Johnson would have been pretty equal, both with a 0% submission rate.
Khalid Murtazaliev was the younger man by 40 years, at years old.
Johnson had a height advantage of 2 inches over Murtazaliev. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Murtazaliev was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 7 more fights, and made his debut in 2013, 6 year and 2 months later than Johnson, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 10 more professional rounds, 38 to Johnson's 28.
Murtazaliev's last 3 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 4 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.7 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Murtazaliev vs Johnson?
Khalid Murtazaliev was a 3/10 (-330) favourite going into the contest, while Tony Johnson made his way into the ring at 47/20 (+240) with oddsmakers.