Phil Hawes
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Gets second UFC win
MiddleweightUFC
February 20, 2021
Hawes defeated Nassourdine Imavov via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28) at UFC Vegas 19 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hawes was able to land some hard low kicks in Round 1, land takedowns, and get the better of clinch exchanges. In Round 2, Hawes got takedowns and secured a good amount of top control time to win the round dominantly. In Round 3, Hawes was rocked a couple of times during the fight, but overcame adversity by initiating the clinch exchanges to get significant control time. He might consider himself lucky to get the victory here given how much damage he absorbed in Round 3, but his record now shows a perfect 2-0 with the UFC.
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Fight re-booked
MiddleweightUFC
January 20, 2021
Hawes will now take on Nassourdine Imavov in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 20, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Hawes and Imavov were slated to fight Jan. 16, but the fight was called off since Hawes wasn't medically cleared to fight. However, the issue was a short-term one, and the two fighters will be re-booked for a Feb. 20 matchup. Hawes was dominant in his UFC debut in late October, defeating Jacob Malkoun via KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round 1 at UFC 254. He'll attempt to extend his five-fight winning streak against Imavov, who made his debut in early October, defeating Jordan Williams via unanimous decision. Hawes has an advantage in reach, but Imavov has an edge in height.
Fight canceled
MiddleweightUFC
January 16, 2021
Hawes' middleweight bout with Nassourdine Imavov set for Saturday was canceled Saturday morning, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hawes was not medically cleared to fight this morning. The issue is not related to COVID-19, but it appears to be just a short-term problem, as Hawes is aiming to join next week's UFC 257 card, according to his manager, Daniel Rubenstein.
Booked for January fight
MiddleweightUFC
December 24, 2020
Hawes will face Nassourdine Imavov in a middleweight bout at a UFC event scheduled for Jan. 16, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Hawes made his UFC debut in a dominant way in late October, defeating Jacob Malkoun via KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round 1 at UFC 254. He now carries a five-fight winning streak and has displayed impressive power recently. Imavov debuted under the UFC banner in early October, defeating Jordan Williams via unanimous decision. Imavov carries an advantage in height, but Hawes has an edge in reach.
18-second KO win in UFC debut
MiddleweightUFC
October 24, 2020
Hawes defeated Jacob Malkoun via KO (punches) at 0:18 of Round 1 at UFC 254 on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Easy work. In a battle of a pair of company newcomers, the massive power of Hawes won out. A former two-time participant on Dana White's Contender Series, Hawes' biggest strength was on full display here. He clipped Malkoun with a shot behind the ear before unloading with a massive combination that closed the proceedings. Hawes has now won five fights in a row, all via first-round stoppage. We'll have to see how he fares against some better competition, but any fighter that possesses the fight-altering power of Hawes is worth closely monitoring.
Debut fight scheduled
MiddleweightUFC
September 19, 2020
Hawes will face Jacob Malkoun in Abu Dhabi at UFC 254 on Oct. 25, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hawes earned a UFC contract after impressing in the Contender Series. In Malkoun, he'll face another fighter making his first UFC appearance. Hawes owns an 8-2 record as a professional, while Malkoun is undefeated in four fights.