Nassourdine Imavov
Russian Sniper

France

Surgical performance leads to TKO
MiddleweightUFC
July 24, 2021
Imavov defeated Ian Heinisch via TKO (punches) at 3:09 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Heinisch must have thought the book was written on Imavov after watching Phil Hawes dominate him in the clinch, but the French fighter looked like a new man on Saturday, disengaging and keeping his opponent at range. Heinisch tried to go to leg kicks as an alternate plan, but Imavov was ready with a blistering counter shot that marked the beginning of the end. If Imavov has ironed out his grappling deficiencies, his smooth striking could make him one to watch going forward. He improves to 10-3 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
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Sights set on July 24 bout
MiddleweightUFC
May 8, 2021
Imavov is expected to fight Ian Heinisch at a July 24 UFC event, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Imavov is coming off his first career UFC loss at the hands of Phil Hawes via majority decision. His opponent, Heinisch, has lost three of his last four bouts. Thus, both fighters will be looking to turn things around when they meet in the octagon.
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.
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.