Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nassourdine Imavov joins UFC 273 lineup

Nassourdine Imavov will get a huge chance when he deals with a seasonal middleweight competitor.

Imavov (11-3 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 3-1 UFC) handles Kelvin Gastelum (17-8 MIXED MARTIAL ARTS, 11-8 UFC) at UFC 273 on April 9. The pay-per-view occasion doesn’t yet have actually a revealed location or place.

An individual with understanding of the match validated the reservation with mixed martial arts Addict following a preliminary report by ESPN. The reservation has yet to be formally revealed by the promo.

Imavov, a primary training partner of UFC interim heavyweight champ Ciryl Gane, is coming off back-to-back surfaces. After stopping Ian Heinisch in July, the 25-year-old Dagestan-born, France-based fighter scored a second-round TKO of fellow possibility Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC 268 in November.

Because getting lasted longer than by Israel Adesanya for the interim middleweight title in a barnburner at UFC 236, Gastelum has actually had a hard time. His only win in his previous 6 battles came by Heinisch at UFC 258, and the Season 17 “Ultimate Fighter” winner is coming off back-to-back centerpiece losses to previous champ Robert Whittaker and leading competitor Jared Cannonier.

With the addition, the UFC 273 lineup now consists of:

  • Champ Alexander Volkanovski vs. Chan Sung Jung – for featherweight title

  • Champ Aljamain Sterling vs. interim champ Petr Yan – to combine bantamweight title

  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Tecia Torres

  • Irene Aldana vs. Aspen Ladd

  • Pat Sabatini vs. Gavin Tucker

  • Mickey Gall vs. Mike Malott

  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nassourdine Imavov

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.