Nassourdine Imavov
Russian Sniper

France

Losses first fight with UFC
MiddleweightUFC
February 20, 2021
Imavov lost to Phil Hawes via majority decision (29-28,29-28,28-28) at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Imavov had Hawes rocked at multiple points during the final round, but Hawes' grappling control throughout proved to be too much. Imavov struggled to separate from the clinch and get up after getting taken down, which led to him surrendering 11:06 of control time. He was credited with 57 significant strikes in the bout, but that wasn't enough to avoid a disappointing result for fantasy players.
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Re-booked against Hawes
MiddleweightUFC
January 20, 2021
Imavov will now take on Phil Hawes in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 20, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Imavov and Hawes were unable to fight Jan. 16 since Hawes wasn't medically cleared to fight, but the two will now be re-booked just over a month after their original date. Imavov will make his second appearance under the UFC banner after defeating Jordan Williams via unanimous decision in early October. Hawes made his UFC debut in late October, defeating Jacob Malkoun via KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round 1 at UFC 254. Imavov has an advantage in height, but Hawes has an edge in reach.
Hawes fight canceled
MiddleweightUFC
January 16, 2021
Imavov won't fight Phil Hawes at UFC Fight Island 7 on Saturday, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hawes was not cleared medically Saturday morning, leading to the cancellation. The issue is not related to COVID-19 according to Hawes' manager. Hawes will look to find a spot in next week's UFC 257 card, while it's unclear what's next for Imavov following the disappointing Saturday.
Second fight scheduled
MiddleweightUFC
December 24, 2020
Imavov will take on Phil Hawes in a middleweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for Jan. 16, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Imavov made his UFC debut in early October, defeating Jordan Williams via unanimous decision during a matchup in which he excelled in the significant striking count. Hawes also debuted under the UFC banner in his last fight, defeating Jacob Malkoun via KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round 1 at UFC 254 in late October. Hawes has won his last five fights and has displayed considerable strength in the past. Imavov has an advantage in height, but Hawes carries an edge in reach.
Outlasts Williams in UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
October 3, 2020
Imavov defeated Jordan Williams via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday on Fight Island.
ANALYSIS
Imavov caught a tough break early and was dazed by an accidental clash of heads that cut both fighters, but went to his wrestling instincts and shot for the takedown. While it was successful, he wasn't able to do much in terms of control time and Williams got right back to his feet. After a few exchanges on the feet, Imavov went for a flying knee to the body that connected flush with the groin of Williams and resulted in a stoppage of several minutes. Imavov ate a big left hand upon the restart and again went back to his wrestling, but Williams was landing short shots while defending the takedown. Imavov stayed persistent in his takedown attempts and eventually earned his second of the round, but again wasn't able to use it to his advantage. Towards the end of the round, he threatened with a tight guillotine, but Williams narrowly escaped. The second round started with more fireworks, but Imavov was the fresher fighter. While Williams started to throw recklessly, Imavov took advantage and got the fight to the mat again. This time he threatened with another guillotine, but after Williams rolled out, Imavov maintained dominant position and started to pour on the ground-and-pound. Imavov continued to land the more significant shots in round 3, and caught yet another break via an accidental clash of heads that damaged Williams' eye, but the referee didn't stop the fight. Imavov continued to land flush and pull away in the significant striking count, but he couldn't get the finish against an incredibly tough opponent. That's the only knock here on what was otherwise a well-rounded fight.
Headed for UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
September 18, 2020
Imavov will make his UFC debut at the Oct. 3 Fight Island event versus Jordan Williams, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Imavov and Williams will both fight for the first time under the UFC banner in this one, with Imavov presumably bypassing his upcoming scheduled bout versus Chris Curtis in ARES FC 2 series to make his debut following five straight victories in various promotions. Imavov sports a three-inch height advantage over his opponent but lacks an inch in the reach department, so he may aim to take Williams to the mat.