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.