Who won Yamauchi vs Awad?
Goiti Yamauchi beat Saad Awad by submission in the 1st round, during the co-main event of Bellator 229, on Friday 4th October 2019 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.
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).
Yamauchi vs Awad stats
Goiti Yamauchi stepped into the ring with a record of 23 wins, 4 loses and 0 draws, 1 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 18 by submission.
Saad Awad made his way to the ring with a record of 23 wins, 11 loses and 0 draws, with 10 of those wins by knock out and 7 by submission.
The stats suggested Awad had a massive power advantage over Yamauchi, boosting at 43% knock out percentage over Yamauchi's 4%.
Goiti Yamauchi was the younger man by 10 years, at 28 years old.
Awad had a height advantage of 1 inch over Yamauchi. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
Yamauchi was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 7 less fights, and made his debut in 2010, 4 year and 6 months later than Awad, whose first professional fight was in 2006. He had fought 13 less professional rounds, 49 to Awad's 62.
Yamauchi vs Awad form
Awad had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had lost to Brandon Girtz at Bellator 219 on 29th March 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, United States.
Previous to that, he had been beaten by Benson Henderson at Bellator 208 on 13th October 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Ryan Couture at Bellator 201 on 29th June 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula.
Before that, he had beat JJ Ambrose at Bellator 193 on 26th January 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula.
He had won against Ryan Quinn at Bellator 178 on 21st April 2017 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Awad's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 1 month and 23 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 13 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.6 rounds on average.