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Who won Nelson vs Barberena?
Gunnar Nelson beat Bryan Barberena by submission in the 1st round during the main card of UFC 286, on Saturday 18th March 2023 at o2 Arena in London.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Nelson vs Barberena stats
Gunnar Nelson stepped into the octagon with a record of 18 wins, 5 loses and 1 draw, 4 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 12 by submission.
Bryan Barberena made his way to the cage with a record of 18 wins, 9 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Barberena had a massive power advantage over Nelson, boosting at 61% knock out percentage over Nelson's 22%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Nelson had a massive advantage over Barberena, boasting at 67% submission rate over Barberena's 11%.
Gunnar Nelson was the older man by 1 year, at 35 years old.
Barberena had a height advantage of 1 inch over Nelson. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Nelson was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 3 fewer fights, and made his debut in , 14 years and 1 month earlier than Barberena, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He had fought 25 less professional rounds, 46 to Barberena's 71.
Nelson vs Barberena form
Gunnar Nelson had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Takashi Sato at UFC Fight Night London on 19th March 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Gilbert Burns at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 28th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Leon Edwards at UFC on ESPN+ 5 on 16th March 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Before that, he had beat Alex Oliveira at UFC 231 on 8th December 2018 by split decision in the 2nd round at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
He had been beaten by Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 113 on 16th July 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow, Scotland.
Barberena had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Holland on 3rd December 2022 by submission in the 2nd round at Amway Center, Orlando, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Robbie Lawler at UFC 276 on 2nd July 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Matt Brown at UFC Fight Night Columbus on 26th March 2022 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Nationwide Arena, Columbus.
Before that, he had defeated Darian Weeks at UFC Fight Night on 4th December 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
He had lost to Jason Witt at UFC Vegas 33 on 31st July 2021 by majority decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Bryan Barberena had been fighting more than Gunnar Nelson.
Going to this contest, Gunnar Nelson had last fought 1 year, 8 months and 17 days ago, while Bryan Barberena's last outing had been 1 year and 3 days ago.
Nelson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 4 months and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.
Barberena's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 4 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Nelson vs Barberena?
Gunnar Nelson was a 27/100 (-370) favourite going into the contest, while Bryan Barberena made his way into the ring at 57/20 (+290) with oddsmakers.