Tape rankings @ Light Heavyweight
Who won Neal vs Albrektsson?
Grant Neal beat Karl Albrektsson by split decision in their 3 round contest during the prelims of Bellator 290, on Saturday 4th February 2023 at Kia Forum in Inglewood.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Grant Neal.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Light Heavyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 205 pounds (14.6 stone or 93 KG).
Neal vs Albrektsson stats
Grant Neal stepped into the octagon with a record of 7 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 1 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Karl Albrektsson made his way to the cage with a record of 13 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Albrektsson had a massive power advantage over Neal, boosting at 46% knock out percentage over Neal's 14%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Neal had an advantage over Albrektsson, with a 43% submission rate over Albrektsson's 23%.
Grant Neal was the younger man by 30 years, at years old.
Albrektsson had a height advantage of 3 inches over Neal. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Neal was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 9 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2019, 6 year and 6 months later than Albrektsson, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 14 less professional rounds, 22 to Albrektsson's 36.
Neal vs Albrektsson form
Karl Albrektsson had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Karl Moore at Bellator 285 on 23rd September 2022 by submission in the 2nd round at 3Arena Dublin, Dublin, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov at Bellator 266 on 16th October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Footprint Center, Phoenix, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Viktor Nemkov at Bellator 257 on 16th April 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Before that, he had been beaten by Phil Davis at Bellator 231 on 25th October 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
He had defeated Christiano Frohlich at RIZIN 15 on 21st April 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Yokohama Arena, Yokohama, Japan.
Neal's last 3 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 4 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.3 rounds on average.
Albrektsson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 20 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 Neal vs Albrektsson?
Grant Neal was a 11/5 (+220) underdog going into the contest, while Karl Albrektsson made his way into the ring at 30/100 (-330) with oddsmakers.