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Strickland vs Imavov Prediction, Fight Preview, Live Stream, Odds and Picks

Last-Minute Replacement Looks to Defy Odds at UFC Fight Night

And just like that, we have a new main event for UFC Fight Night on Saturday. Sean Strickland, the same man who fought in the last UFC main event, is back to take on Nassourdine Imavov. The UFC odds have this as a toss-up despite last-minute replacements having a poor record from 2022 (7-27). With this change, Strickland looks to deliver against the odds after Kelvin Gastelum got injured.

Let’s check the latest UFC odds, stats, and UFC lines for Strickland vs Imavov. We’ve plenty of UFC betting odds for you to consider.

Strickland vs Imavov Prediction, Preview, Odds and Picks, Jan. 14
Strickland vs Imavov Prediction, Preview, Odds and Picks, Jan. 14

Imavov Can Train More

This late change will also mess up Imavov’s training a bit. But on a positive note, the Frenchman can now focus on training more as he does not have to cut as much weight with the fight at 205 pounds. The grappler is 4-1 in the UFC with his only defeat coming against another high-level grappler in Phil Hawes.

Imavov’s path to victory against Strickland will be to mix it up and keep him guessing. Strickland can be a solid opponent against grapplers when he’s had more than a week’s time to prepare. But against Imavov, a fighter with high levels of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it might be too much to ask.

However, Imavov can also fall into a tendency to try and outstrike Strickland. He is more of a boxer and has outstruck all of his UFC opponents. On paper, he is better than Strickland. But doing so will give Strickland his only way of winning and that’s tough to bet on online.

Does Strickland Have That Dog in Him?

As the record states, fighters coming in on a week’s notice only win about 20 percent of the time (based on 2022’s stats). And Strickland is coming off a hard-fought loss against Jared Cannonier. But if there is any fighter that can command respect as a late replacement, it’s this man.

Strickland may be more known for his antics outside the cage, but in it, he’s one of the best all-around fighters. Namely, Strickland picks his opponents apart with well-placed jabs. And he’s got an 85 percent takedown defense with wins against grapplers like Jack Hermansson and Brendan Allen.

But that which makes Strickland feisty is also what makes him vulnerable. Everyone saw how he just let Alex Pereira knock him out in a few minutes. While that won’t happen against Imavov, Strickland is still hittable and can be lit up by a polished striker.

Strickland vs Imavov Head-to-Head

Imavov is the taller fighter by two inches but Strickland has the one-inch reach advantage. Strickland is also five years older than Imavov, although he’s had much more UFC experience with 17 bouts to Imavov’s five.

Strickland vs Imavov Fight Information

  • Fighters: Strickland (25-5-0) vs Imavov (12-3-0)
  • Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas
  • Day/Time: Saturday, Jan. 14th, 6 p.m. ET
  • Strickland vs Imavov Live Stream: UFC Fight Pass

Strickland vs Imavov Betting Lines

Strickland vs Imavov Picks & Prediction

This bout is still giving us Gastelum vibes. By this, we mean that Strickland is filling in on short notice because he has to fight and he could thus be showing up just to get a paycheck. Thus, we’ll gladly take Imavov on the sportsbook. At his current line, it could prove to be one of the best UFC bets after he notches his biggest victory yet.

Sean Strickland is listed at -115 in our Vegas UFC lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Strickland, you can win $87. Nassourdine Imavov is -115, offering a chance to win $87 on a $100 wager.

The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Strickland a 53.49% chance to win, with Imavov at 53.49%.

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