Tape rankings @ Bantamweight
Who won Nakamura vs Garcia?
Rinya Nakamura beat Fernie Garcia by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the main card of UFC Fight Night – Holloway vs. Korean Zombie, on Saturday 26th August 2023 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang.
The scorecards were announced as 30-26, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of winner Rinya Nakamura.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
Nakamura vs Garcia stats
Rinya Nakamura stepped into the octagon with an undefeated record of 7 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 5 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Fernie Garcia made his way to the cage with a record of 10 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 1 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Nakamura had a massive power advantage over Garcia, boasting at 71% knock out percentage over Garcia's 10%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Garcia had an advantage over Nakamura, with a 30% submission rate over Nakamura's 14%.
Rinya Nakamura was the younger man by 3 years, at 28 years old.
Nakamura was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 6 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2021, 5 year and 6 months later than Garcia, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 22 less professional rounds, 13 to Garcia's 35.
Nakamura vs Garcia form
Fernie Garcia had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Brady Hiestand at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Spivak on 19th November 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Journey Newson at UFC 274 on 7th May 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Going into that contest, he had beat Ryan Hayes at LFA 94 on 30th October 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Hartman Arena, Park City, United States.
Before that, he had won against Jay Viola at LFA 83 on 6th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at The Bomb Factory, Dallas.
He had lost to Cody Freeman at LFA 62 on 22nd March 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at The Bomb Factory, Dallas.
Garcia's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Nakamura vs Garcia?
Rinya Nakamura was a 11/100 (-910) favourite going into the contest, while Fernie Garcia made his way into the ring at 23/4 (+580) with oddsmakers.