UFC Vegas 67: Sean Strickland Decisions Nassourdine Imavov On Short Notice
Even on short notice, Sean Strickland was able to pull out a win.
The headlining bout of UFC Vegas 67 was originally scheduled for Nassourdine Imavov and Kelvin Gastelum, but because of a jaw injury, Gastelum was forced to withdraw. Strickland replaced him on a four-day notice – which changed the weight limit from middleweight to light heavyweight — but he still managed to defeat his opponent by unanimous decision.
Strickland put the pressure for 25 minutes, and Imavov started getting really tired after the second round.
In the final round, Imavov found some energy to exchange punches and maybe even won the round on one of the judge’s scorecards, but it was not enough.
Strickland went back to the winning column. In his last two fights, he lost by split decision to Jared Cannonier and was knocked out by Alex Pereira.
In the co-main event, Dan Ige destroyed Damon Jackson with a brutal liver shot. In the latest six battles, Jackson suffered only one loss against Ilia Topuria, and liver shots were a problem in that battle too.
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— UFC (@ufc) January 15, 2023
Umar Nurmagomedov earned a knockout victory against Raoni Barcelos in the final seconds of the first round. Nurmagomedov did not even attempt to wrestle and started striking.
UMAR SHOWED POWER TO END IT IN ROUND 1 😳 #UFCVegas67 pic.twitter.com/XX7cBcICBI
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 15, 2023
Check out the rest of the results down below:
- Sean Strickland def N. Imavov Unanimous Dec
- Dan Ige def Damon Jackson KO/TKO, 4:30 R2
- Roman Kopylov def Punahele Soriano KO/TKO, 3:19 R2
- Raquel Pennington def Ketlen Vieira Split Dec
- Umar Nurmagomedov def Raoni Barcelos KO/TKO, 4:40 R1
- Javid Basharat def Mateus Mendonça Unanimous Dec
- A. Razak Alhassan def Claudio Ribeiro KO/TKO, 0:28 R2
- Mateusz Rębecki def Nick Fiore Unanimous Dec
- Allan Nascimento def Carlos Hernandez Sub, 3:16 R1
- Daniel Argueta def Nick Aguirre Unanimous Dec
- Charles Johnson def Jimmy Flick KO/TKO, 4:33 R1