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Who won Weidman vs Tavares?
Brad Tavares beat Chris Weidman by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest during the prelims of UFC 292, on Saturday 19th August 2023 at TD Garden in Boston.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Brad Tavares.
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).
Weidman vs Tavares stats
Chris Weidman stepped into the octagon with a record of 15 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Brad Tavares made his way to the cage with a record of 19 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, with 5 of those wins by knock out and 2 by submission.
The stats suggested Weidman had an advantage in power over Tavares, with a 40% knock out percentage over Tavares' 26%.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Weidman had an advantage over Tavares, with a 27% submission rate over Tavares' 11%.
Chris Weidman was the older man by 4 years, at 39 years old.
Weidman had a height advantage of 1 inch over Tavares. That also extended to a 4-inch reach advantage.
Weidman was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 7 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2009, 1 year and 7 months later than Tavares, whose first professional fight was in 2007. He had fought 19 less professional rounds, 49 to Tavares' 68.
Weidman vs Tavares form
Chris Weidman had beaten 1 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Uriah Hall at UFC 261 on 24th April 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Omari Akhmedov at UFC Vegas 6 on 8th August 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at UFC APEX, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Dominick Reyes at UFC on ESPN 6 on 18th October 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at TD Garden, Boston.
Before that, he had lost to Ronaldo Souza at UFC 230 on 3rd November 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
He had been beaten by Gegard Mousasi at UFC 210 on 8th April 2017 by knockout in the 2nd round at KeyBank Center, Buffalo.
Brad Tavares had beaten 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Bruno Silva at UFC Fight Night – Pavlovich vs. Blaydes on 22nd April 2023 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had lost to Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 276 on 2nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Going into that contest, he had beat Omari Akhmedov at UFC 264 on 10th July 2021 by split decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Before that, he had been beaten by Israel Adesanya at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale on 6th July 2018 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Last Vegas.
He had defeated Elias Theodorou at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on 7th July 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Brad Tavares had been fighting more than Chris Weidman.
Going to this contest, Chris Weidman had last fought 2 years, 4 months and 30 days ago, while Brad Tavares' last outing had been 5 months and 1 day ago.
Weidman's last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 5 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 3 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 10 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2 rounds on average.
Tavares' last 5 fights had come over a period of 6 years, 2 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 2 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Weidman vs Tavares?
Chris Weidman was a 41/20 (+200) underdog going into the contest, while Brad Tavares made his way into the ring at 4/11 (-280) with oddsmakers.