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Who won Santos vs Manuwa?
Thiago Santos beat Jimi Manuwa by , during the main card of UFC 231, on Saturday 8th December 2018 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Thiago Santos.
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).
Santos vs Manuwa stats
Thiago Santos stepped into the ring with a record of 19 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 13 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 1 by submission.
Jimi Manuwa made his way to the ring with a record of 17 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 15 of those wins by knock out and 1 by submission.
The stats suggested Manuwa had advantage in power over Santos, with a 88% knock out percentage over Santos' 68%.
Thiago Santos was the younger man by 4 years, at 37 years old.
Santos had a height advantage of 1 inch over Manuwa. Despite this, Manuwa had 4-inch reach advantage.
Santos was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 4 more fights, and made his debut in 2010, 2 year and 4 months later than Manuwa, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 26 more professional rounds, 61 to Manuwa's 35.
Santos vs Manuwa form
Santos had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 3 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Jan Blachowicz at UFC on ESPN+ 3 on 23rd February 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic.
Previous to that, he had won against Jimi Manuwa at UFC 231 on 8th December 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
Going into that contest, he had beat Eryk Anders at UFC Fight Night 137 on 22nd September 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Ginásio do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Before that, he had defeated Kevin Holland at UFC 227 on 4th August 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Staples Center, Los Angeles, United States.
He had been beaten by David Branch at UFC Fight Night 128 on 21st April 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
Santos' last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 6 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.
Manuwa's last 3 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 5 months and 30 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 6 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 5 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.7 rounds on average.