An exciting middleweight fight pitting top-15 ranked opponents Kelvin Gastelum and Nassourdine Imavov against each other is set for UFC 273.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to break the news of the Gastelum vs. Imavov matchup, which is set to go down at UFC 273. The event is scheduled to take place on April 9 at a location and venue that has yet to be determined.
Aside from the Gastelum vs. Imavov fight, there have been several other big fights announced for the card including the main event featuring Alexander Volkanovski vs. The Korean Zombie for the UFC featherweight title. Also set for the card is the long-awaited rematch for the undisputed UFC bantamweight crown between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan. In addition, Tecia Torres fights McKenzie Dern at women’s 115lbs, and Aspen Ladd takes on Irene Aldana up at 135lbs. Overall, this is shaping up to be one heck of a UFC pay-per-view card for the fans.
Middleweight fight between Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) and Nassourdine Imavov (@imavov1) has been added to UFC 273 on April 9, per sources. Big one for Kelvin, and a chance for Imavov to crack the Top 10. pic.twitter.com/RVCxnYr60X
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 13, 2022
Middleweight fight between Kelvin Gastelum ( @KelvinGastelum ) and Nassourdine Imavov ( @imavov1 ) has been added to UFC 273 on April 9, per sources. Big one for Kelvin, and a chance for Imavov to crack the Top 10.
Gastelum (16-8, 1 NC) is the No. 10 ranked middleweight in the UFC. The former Ultimate Fighter winner has been one of the better welterweights and middleweights in the UFC over the past decade. Since 2016, Gastelum has fought exclusively at 185lbs, and though his 4-6, 1 NC record in the weight class isn’t the best, he has fought elite-level competition the entire time. While it’s true Gastelum has lost five of his last six fights, he has only lost to the best fighters in his division.
Imavov (11-3) is the No. 12 ranked middleweight in the UFC. The 25-year-old Frenchman is 3-1 so far in the UFC and he is coming off of brutal back-to-back finishes over Edmen Shahbazyan and Ian Heinisch. With a big win over Gastelum, no doubt Imavov will break into the top-10 at 185lbs.
Who do you think wins this middleweight fight at UFC 273 between Kelvin Gastelum and Nassourdine Imavov?
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