Nassurdin Imavov will face new fighter Sean Strickland in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Fights at the UFC Apex are being streamed on Sportzshala+, with the main card at 7:00 pm ET followed by prelims at 4:00 pm.
Both fighters usually compete in middleweight – Strickland is #9 on Sportzshala – but this fight will be in light heavyweight because Strickland was only invited this week after Imavov’s original opponent, Kelvin Gastelum, pulled out on Monday from the wound.
Strickland (25-5) fought just three weeks ago at the 2022 UFC Finals, losing a split decision to Jared Cannonier for his second loss in a row. According to Sportzshala statistics and information, he will be the first fighter to take part in the main event of UFC cards in a row since Tito Ortiz in 2004 and 2005.
Imavov (12-3) won three fights in a row, the last of which was a unanimous decision victory over Joaquin Buckley in September.
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UFC Fight Night card
Sportzshala+, 19:00 ET
Light Heavyweight: Nassurdin Imavov vs. Sean Strickland
Men’s Featherweight: Dan Age vs. Damon Jackson
Middleweight: Punahele Soriano vs. Roman Kopylov
Women’s Bantamweight: Kathleen Vieira vs. Raquel Pennington
Men’s Bantamweight: Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos
Sportzshala+, 4:00 pm ET
Middleweight: Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Claudio Ribeiro
Lightweight: Mateusz Rebekki vs. Nick Fiore
Men’s Bantamweight: Javid Basharat vs. Mateusz Mendonka
Men’s Flyweight: Allan Nascimento vs. Carlos Hernandez
Men’s Featherweight: Dan Argueta vs. Nick Aguirre
Men’s Flyweight: Jimmy Flick vs. Charles Johnson
Women’s Flyweight: Priscila Cachoeira vs. Sijara Eubanks
Betting advice from Ian Parker
Strickland is recovering from a close decision loss to Jared Cannonier, and to get back into the winning column, he must pick up the pace and move forward with punches. If he continues to sit on his back foot and jab while stepping back, he will lose another decision. For Imavov, this is an opportunity to rise in the competition and get a resounding victory on his resume. Imavov was preparing for the main event of five rounds against Gastelum, who is a technical striker with good grappling and good cardio. I think Imavov’s shot is just as good if not better than Strickland’s and he will be able to take advantage of Strickland’s lack of aggression and swiftness.
To find out what Parker is offering for the main event and other fights on Saturday’s card, check out Sportzshala+’s Expert Picks & Best Bets article (link below). It also features analysis from MMA trainer and analyst Dean Thomas and fellow Sportzshala betting expert Reid Koon.
UFC Fight Night: expert decisions and the best bets on the fight between Sean Strickland and Nassurdin Imavov
Kelvin Gastelum out of UFC main event Sean Strickland