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Zac Pauga vs Jordan Wright report
Who won Pauga vs Wright?
Zac Pauga beat Jordan Wright by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Blanchfield, on Saturday 18th February 2023 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 in favor of winner Zac Pauga.
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).
Pauga vs Wright stats
Zac Pauga stepped into the octagon with a record of 5 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 1 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Jordan Wright made his way to the cage with a record of 12 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 7 of those wins by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Wright had a massive power advantage over Pauga, boosting at 58% knock out percentage over Pauga's 20%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Wright had a massive advantage over Pauga, boosting at 42% submission rate over Pauga's 0%.
Zac Pauga was the younger man by 31 years, at years old.
Wright had a height advantage of 2 inches over Pauga.
Pauga was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 10 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2020, 5 year and 8 months later than Wright, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 5 less professional rounds, 18 to Wright's 23.
Pauga vs Wright form
Jordan Wright had stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Du ko Todorovi at UFC Fight Night: Grasso vs. Araujo on 15th October 2022 by knockout in the 2nd round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Marc Andr Barriault at UFC Fight Night: Lemos vs. Andrade on 23rd April 2022 by submission in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Bruno Silva at UFC 269 on 11th December 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had won against Jamie Pickett at UFC 262 on 15th May 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Toyota Center, Houston.
He had beat Gabriel Checco at LFA 80 on 17th January 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round at Route 66 Casino Hotel, Albuquerque.
Pauga's last 4 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 20 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Wright's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 7 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.4 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Pauga vs Wright?
Zac Pauga was a 19/50 (-260) favourite going into the contest, while Jordan Wright made his way into the ring at 21/10 (+210) with oddsmakers.
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