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Who won Starks vs Hopper?
William Starks beat Johnny Hopper by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the co-main event of LFA 163, on Friday 21st July 2023 at Bell County Expo Center in Belton.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner William Starks.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 155 pounds (11.1 stone or 70.3 KG).
Starks vs Hopper stats
William Starks stepped into the octagon with a record of 9 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 2 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Johnny Hopper made his way to the cage with a record of 7 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 5 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Hopper had a massive power advantage over Starks, boosting at 71% knock out percentage over Starks' 22%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Starks had a slight advantage over Hopper, with a 33% submission rate over Hopper's 29%.
William Starks was the older man by 3 years, at 30 years old.
Starks was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2017, 3 years and 1 month earlier than Hopper, whose first professional fight was in 2020. He had fought 13 more professional rounds, 29 to Hopper's 16.
Starks vs Hopper form
Starks had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Manny Muro at LFA 152 on 10th February 2023 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort, Shawnee, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Ben Halder at LFA 147 on 18th November 2022 by knockout in the 1st round at WinnaVegas Casino Resort, Sloan.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Gl ucio Elizi rio at LFA 122 on 21st January 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at The Factory at the District, St. Louis.
Before that, he had won against Irfan Mulabitinovic at LFA 114 on 27th August 2021 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round at The Factory at the District, St. Louis.
He had beat Slava Borshchev at LFA 96 on 4th December 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Hartman Arena, Park City.
Starks' last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 9 months and 19 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 23 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 12 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.4 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Starks vs Hopper?
William Starks was a 2/7 (-340) favourite going into the contest, while Johnny Hopper made his way into the ring at 12/5 (+240) with oddsmakers.