Belts on The Line
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Who won Pitbull vs Nurmagomedov?
Usman Nurmagomedov beat Patricky Pitbull by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest during the co-main event of Bellator 288, on Friday 18th November 2022 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago.
The scorecards were announced as 45-50, 44-50, 44-50 in favor of winner Usman Nurmagomedov.
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.
Pitbull vs Nurmagomedov stats
Patricky Pitbull stepped into the octagon with a record of 24 wins, 10 loses and 0 draws, 16 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Usman Nurmagomedov made his way to the cage with an unblemished record of 15 wins and 0 draws, with 8 of those by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Pitbull had an advantage in power over Nurmagomedov, with a 67% knock out percentage over Nurmagomedov's 53%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Nurmagomedov had a large advantage over Pitbull, boosting at 33% submission rate over Pitbull's 4%.
Patricky Pitbull was the older man by 12 years, at 37 years old.
Nurmagomedov had a height advantage of 4 inches over Pitbull. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Pitbull was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 19 more fights, and made his debut in 2005, 11 years and 6 months earlier than Nurmagomedov, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 53 more professional rounds, 81 to Nurmagomedov's 28.
Pitbull vs Nurmagomedov form
Patricky Pitbull had stopped 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Peter Queally at Bellator MMA on 5th November 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round in their Bellator Lightweight championship fight at 3Arena Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Peter Queally at Bellator 258 on 7th May 2021 by knockout in the 2nd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Tofiq Musayev at RIZIN 20 on 31st December 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Before that, he had beat Luiz Gustavo at RIZIN 20 on 31st December 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama.
He had won against Tatsuya Kawajiri at RIZIN 19 on 12th October 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Edion Arena, Osaka.
Pitbull's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.
Nurmagomedov's last 4 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.5 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Pitbull vs Nurmagomedov?
Patricky Pitbull was a 17/4 (+540) underdog going into the contest, while Usman Nurmagomedov made his way into the ring at 1/8 (-830) with oddsmakers.