Headlining the event is a light-heavyweight bout between no. 7 ranked middleweight contender Sean Strickland (25-5) and no. 12 ranked middleweight contender Nassourdine Imavov (12-3).
Imavov was initially slated to face no. 13 ranked Kelvin Gastelum, however, Gastelum has been forced from the bout with a tooth injury and was replaced by Strickland five days ago.
Co-headlining the event is a featherweight matchup between no. 13 ranked Dan Ige (15-6) and Damon Jackson (22-4-1-1).
Following a 6-1 start to his promotional tenure, Ige had since gone 1-4 over his last five outings, losing to the likes of Calvin Kattar, Chan Sung Jung, Josh Emmett, and Movsar Evloev, coming into the bout on a three-fight losing skid. Jackson on the other hand had gone 5-1 since returning to the big show, only losing to Ilia Topuria, and came in on a four-fight win streak.
Continue reading to see how this featherweight co-main event went down:
Official Result: Dan Ige def. Damon Jackson via KO (punch) at 4:13 of round two
Ige marches Jackson down the entirety of round one. He momentarily drops Jackson at the beginning of the round, and lands some effective uppercuts to the eye of Jackson that the fight was briefly stopped for. The referee believed Jackson had gotten poked in the eye initially.
Ige is looking sharp in this fight, Jackson is unable to get much of anything going as he’s constantly on the backfoot, and Ige has stuffed his lone takedown attempt with ease.
Jackson lunges in with a left hook late in the second and is immediately countered by a left hook from Ige that KO’s him on the spot.
— Shakiel Mahjouri (@Shak_Fu) January 15, 2023
Dan Ige hadn’t done too well recently, but he came through with an impressive stoppage victory tonight at UFC Vegas 67. This was the first time he’d fought an unranked opponent in two years, and that unranked opponent was 6-1 in his last seven with four finishes.
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