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Who won Sterling vs Dillashaw?
Aljamain Sterling beat T.J. Dillashaw by during the co-main event of UFC 280, on Saturday 22nd October 2022 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Aljamain Sterling.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Bantamweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the UFC bantamweight championship.
Sterling vs Dillashaw stats
Aljamain Sterling stepped into the octagon with a record of 21 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 2 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 8 by submission.
T.J. Dillashaw made his way to the cage with a record of 17 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, with 8 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Dillashaw had a massive power advantage over Sterling, boosting at 47% knock out percentage over Sterling's 10%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Sterling had an advantage over Dillashaw, with a 38% submission rate over Dillashaw's 18%.
Aljamain Sterling was the younger man by 3 years, at 33 years old.
Sterling had a height advantage of 1 inch over Dillashaw. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Sterling was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 1 year later than Dillashaw, whose first professional fight was in 2010. He had fought 8 more professional rounds, 66 to Dillashaw's 58.
Sterling vs Dillashaw form
Aljamain Sterling had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Petr Yan at UFC 273 on 9th April 2022 by split decision in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Petr Yan at UFC 259 on 6th March 2021 by split decision in the 4th round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 on 6th June 2020 by split decision in the 1st round at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had defeated Brett Johns at UFC Fight Night 128 on 21st April 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City.
He had been beaten by Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 123 on 9th December 2017 by knockout in the 1st round at SaveMart Center, Fresno.
Dillashaw had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Cory Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32 on 24th July 2021 by split decision in their 5 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had lost to Henry Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on 19th January 2019 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Flyweight championship fight at Barclays Center, Brooklyn.
Going into that contest, he had won against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227 on 4th August 2018 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at Staples Center, Los Angeles.
Before that, he had defeated Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 on 4th November 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Bantamweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
He had beat Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200 on 9th July 2016 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Aljamain Sterling had been fighting more than T.J. Dillashaw.
Going to this contest, Aljamain Sterling had last fought 9 months and 27 days ago, while T.J. Dillashaw's last outing had been 1 year, 6 months and 12 days ago.
Sterling's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 1 month and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 14 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.8 rounds on average.
Dillashaw's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 6 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 25 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 Sterling vs Dillashaw?
Aljamain Sterling was a 57/100 (-180) favourite going into the contest, while T.J. Dillashaw made his way into the ring at 3/2 (+150) with oddsmakers.