UFC Fight Night between Sean Strickland and Nassourdine Imavov is contested at light heavyweight. Originally Kevin Gastelum was to fight Imamov but and unfortunate injury caused him to be replaced. Strickland comes in with a 25-5 record and Imamov sits at 12-3. Both fighters are at equal odds at -110. The odds are likely even since neither fighter has much preparation time for the other.
For Imavov, this is his opportunity to gauge himself against one of the top contenders in the division , especially since Strickland is in the top ten of the division’s rankings. If the Strickland can find a way to win, he will likely get a upper tier and a title shot in the middleweight division.
UFC Fight Night – Strickland
In July 2022, Sean Strickland lost in a first round knockout to Alex Pereira. In December 2022, he lost via a split decision to
But before this consecutive setback, Strickland piled consecutive victories over Jack Hermansson (split decision in February 2022), Uriah Hall (unanimous decision in August 2021) and Krysztof Jotko (unanimous decision in May 2021).
He extended this streak to six with wins over Brendan Allen (second-round TKO in November 2020), Jack Marshman (unanimous decision in October 2020) and Nordine Taleb (second-round TKO in October 2018). Prior to his win streak, the Xtreme Couture fighter has fought nine times under the UFC, winning six and only dropping three of them. He won his promotional debut against Bubba McDaniel in March 2014 via first-round submission.
UFC Fight Night-Nassourdine Imavov
In 2020, UFC signed Imamov and he quickly won eight and lost two fights. Four of his wins were by submission and three TKO/KO finishes.
Known as the “Sniper”, he won three sraight after his first loss to Phil Hawes but came back with a second round TKO against Ian Heinisch in July 2021.
But even before building momentum, Imavov absorbed his first UFC loss at the hands of Phil Hawes in February 2021 in a close majority decision defeat to delay his ascent in the middleweight rankings. This prompted the fighter from Paris to put up an immaculate win streak and make up for this blemish in his record. The “Sniper” strung up three consecutive victories, beginning with a second-round TKO finish of Ian Heinisch in July 2021.
Imavov then made Edmen Shahbazyan a victim with a second-round stoppage in November 2021. weekend would undoubtedly push his name into the top ten rankings.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT Prediction
No light intended for Imamov by Strickland’s fight top echelon fighters for years is not something Imamov has as extensively.
Strickland has faced the likes of Uriah Hall, Jack Hermansson, Alex Pereira and Jared Cannonier. This is a big fight for Imamov and could do wonders for his carer with a victory
Official prediction: Strickland
Strickland vs Imamov UndercardUFC
Fight Night Card (ESPN+, 7 P.M. ET) :
Nassourdine Imavov vs. Sean Strickland
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UFC Fight Night: How to Watch
🥊 UFC Fight Night: 217
📅 UFC Fight Night Date: Saturday, January 14, 2022
🕙 When is UFC Fight Night: 7:00pm ET
📺 TV Channel: ESPN+
🏟 Where is UFC Fight Night: UFC Apex | Las Vegas, Nevada
🏆 UFC Fight Night Main Event: Nassourdine Imavov vs Sean Strickland
📊 UFC Stats: Imavov 12-3-0 | Strickland 25-5-0
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