Tape rankings @ Middleweight
Who won Salter vs Jeffery?
John Salter beat Aaron Jeffery by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the main card of Bellator 293, on Friday 31st March 2023 at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula.
The scorecards were announced as 30-27, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of winner John Salter.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 185 pounds (13.2 stone or 83.9 KG).
Salter vs Jeffery stats
John Salter stepped into the octagon with a record of 18 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 7 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 10 by submission.
Aaron Jeffery made his way to the cage with a record of 13 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 9 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Jeffery had a large advantage in power over Salter, boosting at 69% knock out percentage over Salter's 39%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Salter had a massive advantage over Jeffery, boasting at 56% submission rate over Jeffery's 8%.
John Salter was the older man by 7 years, at 38 years old.
Jeffery had a height advantage of 1 inch over Salter. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Salter was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 8 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 5 years and 6 months earlier than Jeffery, whose first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought the same amount of professional rounds, 45 to Jeffery's 45.
Salter vs Jeffery form
John Salter had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Johnny Eblen at Bellator 276 on 11th March 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at The Family Arena, St. Louis, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 264 on 13th August 2021 by knockout in the 3rd round in their Bellator Middleweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Going into that contest, he had beat Andrew Kapel at Bellator 244 on 21st August 2020 by knockout in the 3rd round at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Before that, he had won against Costello van Steenis at Bellator 233 on 8th November 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at WinStar World Casino, Thackerville.
He had beat Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 210 on 30th November 2018 by unanimous decision in the 1st round at WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville.
Salter's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 11 months and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.
Jeffery's last 3 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 6 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 5 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.7 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Salter vs Jeffery?
John Salter was a 3/1 (+300) underdog going into the contest, while Aaron Jeffery made his way into the ring at 1/4 (-400) with oddsmakers.