Edmen Shahbazyan vs Nassourdine Imavov Odds, Preview and Prediction, November 6 (11/6): UFC
- Nov 4, 2021, 2:09:08 PM
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|Time (Preliminary Card)||6:00 p.m. EST|
|Edmen Shahbazyan money line||+105|
|Nassourdine Imavov money line||-125|
|Edmen Shahbazyan||Nassourdine Imavov|
An important fight in the Middleweight division is upon us, as Edmen ‘The Golden Boy’ Shahbazyan takes on Nassourdine ‘Russian Sniper’ Imavov. After beating Brad Tavares in 2019, Shahbazyan was dubbed the future of the Middleweight division. However, that talk might have been a bit premature, as Shahbazyan has lost his last two fights. The first of which was an absolute beatdown by Derek Brunson. Meanwhile, Imavov is coming off a big victory over Ian Henisch. A fight that Imavov battered Henisch at range, ultimately finishing the fight via TKO. With seven wins in his last eight, Imavov is starting to build momentum.
As I phrased this fight, it’s an important one. Edmen Shahbazyan is on a tough skid, but at only 23 years old, the future still remains bright. Checking in at #11 in the UFC Middleweight Rankings, Shahbazyan remains in a good position. However, a loss would drop him out of the rankings and possibly back to square one. Shahbazyan is a talented striker. Boasting precision and power, Shahbazyan has recorded three knockdowns and two knockout victories in his four victories. The problem Shahbazyan has had of late is his takedown defense. In Shahbazyan’s last two fights, he has been taken down seven times. Perhaps something that Nassourdine Imavov might target, then again the Russian has only attempted one takedown in his last two fights. Nicknamed the Russian Sniper, Imavov is every bit of that on the feet. He is extremely accurate and excellent at range.
As for a prediction, I’m going with Imavov. The Russian impressed me in his most recent fight, shrugging off multiple takedown attempts and picking apart Ian Henisch on the feet. While I expect the stand-up exchanges to be tougher in this fight, given how good Shahbazyan is, I really do believe Imavov mixes in some takedowns to neutralize the Golden Boy. The blueprint is out, it’s a matter of whether Shahbazyan has improved or not. So with that said, I predict Imavov to win via decision.
PICK: Nassourdine Imavov (-125)
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