Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Nelson vs Sato?
Gunnar Nelson beat Takashi Sato by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC Fight Night London, on Saturday 19th March 2022 at 02 Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as 30-26, 30-26, 30-26 in favor of winner Gunnar Nelson.
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 Sato stats
Gunnar Nelson stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 0 wins, zero loses and 0 draws.
Takashi Sato made his way to the ring with a record of 16 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Sato had a massive power advantage over Nelson, boosting at 69% knock out percentage over Nelson's 0%.
Gunnar Nelson was the older man by 2 years, at 34 years old.
Nelson had a height advantage of 1 inch over Sato. Despite this, Sato had 1-inch reach advantage.
Nelson was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 20 less fights, and made his debut in , 8 years and 11 months earlier than Sato, whose first professional fight was in 2013. He had fought 8 more professional rounds, 45 to Sato's 37.
Nelson vs Sato form
Gunnar Nelson had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Gilbert Burns at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 28th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by 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.
Going into that contest, he had beat Alex Oliveira at UFC 231 on 8th December 2018 by split decision in the 2nd round at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
Before that, he had lost to Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 113 on 16th July 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow, Scotland.
He had won against Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107 on 18th March 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Nelson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 6 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.
Sato's last 2 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 3 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 3 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.5 rounds on average.