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FSM Essential Preview: UFC Fight Night: Cannonier vs Imavov

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Two powerful middleweight strikers look to go head-to-head on their journeys for championship gold.

 

This Saturday, UFC Fight Night is back at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. A middleweight main event will impact the title hopes of two fighters. Fourth-ranked middleweight Jared Cannonier (17-6) looks to keep his win streak alive as he takes on seventh-ranked fighter Nassourdine Imavov (13-4), looking for his opportunity to move into the top five.

 

Main Event – Jared Cannonier (+110) vs Nassourdine Imavov (+138)

 

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He started his MMA journey in the heavyweight division and then moved down to light heavyweight. Jared “Tha Killa Gorilla” Cannonier has found his groove in the middleweight division. 

Since 2018, Cannonier has won five out of six fights in the middleweight division and defeated multiple big-name contenders like Anderson Silva and Jack Hermasson, all by knockout. He hit a speed bump when he lost to former champion Robert Whittaker. Eventually, Cannonier recovered by adding two dominant wins over Kelvin Gastelum and Derek Brunson. From there, he earned himself a title fight against former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. But when the lights were brightest, Cannonier fell into the shadows, losing by unanimous decision. 

Since that moment, Cannonier has been looking to redeem himself and earn another opportunity at the belt. He’s kept his head on the right path by adding two more victories to the win column against the top five contenders. One was a controversial split decision against Sean Strickland. The other was a dominant decision win against Marvin Vettori, where he threw the most significant strikes in middleweight history.

Even after turning 40, Cannonier looks to keep his win streak and championship aspirations alive as he takes on middleweight contender Narrourdine Imavov

 

Over the last couple of years, the MMA world has seen a rise in talented French fighters.

 

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There’s been Cyril Gane, Benoit Saint-Denis, and now, there’s Narrourdine Imavov. Imavov has been on a roll since entering the UFC

Showing off his slick striking and remarkable grappling, Imavov has shown he’s a force to be reckoned with, claiming big-time wins over Edmen Shahbazyan and Joaquin Buckley

Recently, Imavov has struggled in his 2023 year, as he suffered a loss to Sean Strickland and a no-contest match against Chris Curtis. Imavov has since picked it up, starting his 2024 year with a main event win over Roman Dolidze, which has moved him into the top ten. Imavov looks to add another win to his resume to push himself into the top five.

The young prospect is the favorite coming into the fight, thanks to his quick speed and four-inch height advantage. Though Imavov has made risky mistakes throughout his fights, he’s escaped without being finished. So, can Cannonier be the first to finish the young Frenchmen? 

However, this fight will impact both fighters’ place in the middleweight division. This fight will not guarantee either a title fight. Both fighters lack the star power to push themselves into that position. As the current top faces of the division, Sean Strickland and Israel Adesanya both have priority to fight champion Dricus Du Plessis. Plus, whoever wins between Robert Whittaker and Khamzat Chimaev in two weeks. One of them will be third in line. Meanwhile, the winner between Cannonier and Imavov will be, at best, fourth. 

For both fighters, this fight will impact their opportunity in the division. For Cannonier, he recently turned 40 years old. A loss for him would likely take him out of any title conversation. For Imavov, this will not set him back as much as Cannonier because he’s only 29 years old. But it will take some time before he can hop back into the title picture.

As the two face each other this Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, they’re ready to risk it all to reach their dreams of championship gold.

 

Main Card:

 

Co-main event – #15 Dominick Reyes (+187) vs Dustin Jacoby (-225)

Bantamweight fight – Raul Rosas Jr. (-250) vs Ricky Turcios (+200)

Middleweight fight – Bruno Ferreira (-275) vs Dustin Stoltzfus (+225)

Middleweight fight – Julian Marquez (-125) vs Zachary Reese (+100)

Welterweight fight – Miguel Baeza (-160) vs Punahele Soriano (+130)

 

Prelims:

 

Lightweight Fight – Thiago Moises (+100) vs Ludovit Klein (-125)

Welterweight Fight – Charles Radtke (+187) vs Carlos Prates (-200)

Bantamweight Fight – Brad Kotana (-550) vs Jesse Butler (+400)

Women’s Flyweight Fight – Andrea Lee (-125) vs Montana De La Rosa (+100)

Bantamweight Fight – John Castaneda (-125) vs Daniel Marcos (+100)

Women’s Strawweight Fight – Eduardo Moura (-175) vs Denise Gomes (+150)

Bantamweight Fight – Cody Stammann (+187) vs Taylor Lapilus (-225)

Women’s Strawweight Fight – Rayanne Dos Santos (-225) vs Puja Tomar (+187)

 

Jared Cannonier will take on the Nassourdine Imavov in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday. Prelims begin at 1:00 pm PT, and the main card begins at 5:00 pm PT. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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