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Who won Nascimento vs Mayes?
Rodrigo Nascimento beat Don Tale Mayes by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the main card of UFC Fight Night – Almeida vs. Lewis, on Saturday 4th November 2023 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 29-28, 29-28 in favor of winner Rodrigo Nascimento.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
Nascimento vs Mayes stats
Rodrigo Nascimento stepped into the octagon with a record of 10 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 2 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 6 by submission.
Don Tale Mayes made his way to the cage with a record of 10 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Mayes had a massive power advantage over Nascimento, boosting at 60% knock out percentage over Nascimento's 20%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Nascimento had a massive advantage over Mayes, boasting at 60% submission rate over Mayes' 10%.
Rodrigo Nascimento was the same age as Don Tale Mayes, at 31 years old.
Mayes had a height advantage of 4 inches over Nascimento. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Nascimento was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 4 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2012, 3 years and 10 months earlier than Mayes, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He had fought 22 less professional rounds, 22 to Mayes' 44.
Nascimento vs Mayes form
Don Tale Mayes had stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night – Kara-France vs. Albazi on 3rd June 2023 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Augusto Sakai at UFC Fight Night – Krylov vs Spann on 25th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Apex, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Hamdy Abdelwahab at UFC 277 on 30th July 2022 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Before that, he had beat Josh Parisian at UFC Fight Night on 18th December 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round.
He had been beaten by Ciryl Gane at UFC on ESPN+ 20 on 26th October 2019 by submission in the 3rd round at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Kallang, Singapore.
Nascimento's last 3 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 4 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.7 rounds on average.
Mayes' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Nascimento vs Mayes?
Rodrigo Nascimento was a 8/15 (-190) favourite going into the contest, while Don Tale Mayes made his way into the ring at 6/4 (+150) with oddsmakers.