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Who won Romero vs Davis?
Phil Davis beat Yoel Romero by split decision in their 3 round contest, during the main event of Bellator 266, on Saturday 18th September 2021 at SAP Center in San Jose.
The scorecards were announced as 27-30, 29-28, 26-30 in favor of winner Phil Davis.
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).
Romero vs Davis stats
Yoel Romero stepped into the ring with a record of 13 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Phil Davis made his way to the ring with a record of 22 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 6 of those wins by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Romero had a massive power advantage over Davis, boasting at 85% knock out percentage over Davis' 27%.
Yoel Romero was the older man by 8 years, at 45 years old.
Davis had a height advantage of 2 inches over Romero. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Romero was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 9 less fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 2 months later than Davis, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 27 less professional rounds, 57 to Davis' 84.
Romero vs Davis form
Yoel Romero had stopped 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Israel Adesanya at UFC 248 on 7th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Middleweight championship fight at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Paulo Costa at UFC 241 on 17th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Honda Center, Anaheim.
Going into that contest, he had lost to Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 on 9th June 2018 by split decision in their 5 round contest at United Center, Chicago.
Before that, he had won against Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 on 10th February 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Perth Arena, Perth, Australia.
He had been beaten by Robert Whittaker at UFC 213 on 8th July 2017 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Davis had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 257 on 16th April 2021 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Light Heavyweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Lyoto Machida at Bellator 245 on 11th September 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Karl Albrektsson at Bellator 231 on 25th October 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Before that, he had won against Liam McGeary at Bellator 220 on 27th April 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at SAP Center, San Jose.
He had lost to Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 209 on 15th November 2018 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Menora Mivtachim, Tel Aviv, Israel.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Phil Davis had been fighting more than Yoel Romero.
Going to this contest, Yoel Romero had last fought 2 years, 2 months and 10 days ago, while Phil Davis' last outing had been 1 year, 1 month and 1 day ago.
Romero's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 10 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 20 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.2 rounds on average.
Davis' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 17 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.4 rounds on average.