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Usman Nurmagomedov vs Benson Henderson report
Who won Nurmagomedov vs Henderson?
Usman Nurmagomedov beat Benson Henderson by submission in the 1st round during the main event of Bellator 292, on Friday 10th March 2023 at SAP Center in San Jose.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
This contest was for the Bellator lightweight championship.
Nurmagomedov vs Henderson stats
Usman Nurmagomedov stepped into the octagon with an undefeated record of 16 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 5 by submission.
Benson Henderson made his way to the cage with a record of 30 wins, 11 loses and 0 draws, with 5 of those wins by knock out and 9 by submission.
The stats suggested Nurmagomedov had a massive power advantage over Henderson, boasting at 50% knock out percentage over Henderson's 17%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Nurmagomedov had a slight advantage over Henderson, with a 31% submission rate over Henderson's 30%.
Usman Nurmagomedov was the younger man by 15 years, at 24 years old.
Nurmagomedov had a height advantage of 2 inches over Henderson. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Nurmagomedov was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 25 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2017, 10 year and 4 months later than Henderson, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 96 less professional rounds, 28 to Henderson's 124.
Nurmagomedov vs Henderson form
Nurmagomedov remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Patricky Pitbull at Bellator 288 on 18th November 2022 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Lightweight championship fight at Wintrust Arena, Chicago, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Chris Gonzalez at Bellator MMA on 22nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at Emerald Queen Casino and Hotel, Tacoma.
Going into that contest, he had won against Patrik Pietila at Bellator MMA on 23rd October 2021 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at VTB Arena, Moscow, Russia.
Before that, he had beat Manny Muro at Bellator 263 on 31st July 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at The Forum, Inglewood, United States.
He had defeated Mike Hamel at Bellator 255 on 2nd April 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Benson Henderson had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Peter Queally at Bellator 285 on 23rd September 2022 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at 3Arena Dublin, Dublin, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Islam Mamedov at Bellator 273 on 29th January 2022 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Footprint Center, Phoenix, United States.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Brent Primus at Bellator 266 on 16th October 2021 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Footprint Center, Phoenix.
Before that, he had lost to Jason Jackson at Bellator 253 on 19th November 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
He had been beaten by Michael Chandler at Bellator 243 on 7th August 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Usman Nurmagomedov had been fighting more than Benson Henderson.
Going to this contest, Usman Nurmagomedov had last fought 3 months and 24 days ago, while Benson Henderson's last outing had been 5 months and 19 days ago.
Nurmagomedov's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year, 11 months and 12 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 22 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.
Henderson's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 7 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 8 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 Nurmagomedov vs Henderson?
Usman Nurmagomedov was a 1/25 (-2500) favourite going into the contest, while Benson Henderson made his way into the ring at 17/2 (+850) with oddsmakers.
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