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Who won Reyes vs Oezdemir?
Dominick Reyes beat Volkan Oezdemir by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the main card of UFC on ESPN+ 5, on Saturday 16th March 2019 at 02 Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Dominick Reyes.
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).
Reyes vs Oezdemir stats
Dominick Reyes stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 0 wins, zero loses and 0 draws.
Volkan Oezdemir made his way to the ring with a record of 15 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 11 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Oezdemir had a massive power advantage over Reyes, boosting at 73% knock out percentage over Reyes' 0%.
Dominick Reyes was the same age as Volkan Oezdemir, at 31 years old.
Reyes had a height advantage of 2 inches over Oezdemir. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Reyes was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 18 less fights, and made his debut in 2014, 4 year and 3 months later than Oezdemir, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 11 less professional rounds, 27 to Oezdemir's 38.
Reyes vs Oezdemir form
Reyes had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 253 on 26th September 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Jon Jones at UFC 247 on 8th February 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Houston, United States.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Chris Weidman at UFC on ESPN 6 on 18th October 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at TD Garden, Boston.
Before that, he had beat Volkan Oezdemir at UFC on ESPN+ 5 on 16th March 2019 by split decision in their 3 round contest at 02 Arena, London, United Kingdom.
He had won against Ovince St. Preux at UFC 229 on 6th October 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Volkan Oezdemir had stopped 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Ilir Latifi at UFC on ESPN+ 14 on 10th August 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round at Antel Arena, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Previous to that, he had lost to Dominick Reyes 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 been beaten by Anthony Smith at UFC Fight Night 138 on 27th October 2018 by submission in the 3rd round at Moncton Events Centre, Moncton, Canada.
Before that, he had lost to Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 on 20th January 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Light Heavyweight championship fight at TD Garden, Boston, United States.
He had beat Jimi Manuwa at UFC 214 on 29th July 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at Honda Center, Anaheim.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Dominick Reyes had been fighting more than Volkan Oezdemir.
Going to this contest, Dominick Reyes had last fought 11 months and 22 days ago, while Volkan Oezdemir's last outing had been 2 years, 1 month and 7 days ago.
Reyes' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 11 months and 11 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Oezdemir's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 11 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.2 rounds on average.