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Jared Cannonier vs. Nassourdine Imavov UFC Kentucky Odds, Time, and Prediction

The middleweight fight between Jared Cannonier and Nassourdine Imavov will serve as the headliner bout of UFC on ESPN: Cannonier vs. Imavov a.k.a. UFC on ESPN 57 or even UFC Kentucky given that it’s taking place at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville on Saturday, June 8

Dana White & Co. picked Jared Cannonier vs. Nassourdine Imavov to be the main event of UFC Kentucky for a reason. It’s bound to be a real banger! The reason is that both fighters are famous for throwing all they’ve got at their opponents.

They both hit hard and aren’t afraid to get hit, which explains why the Cannonier vs. Imavov odds are pretty close. Imavov is a slight favorite, but Cannonier must not be underestimated.

Jared Cannonier vs. Nassourdine Imavov Odds

MoneylineOdds
Jared Cannonier+105
Nassourdine Imavov-125
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When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Date: Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • Time: ~10:00 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN

Jared Cannonier Must Keep Winning

Jared Cannonier is fourth in the UFC Middleweight Rankings, but the question is how long he will stay there. The thing is that he’s already 40 years of age, so he might not be able to continue fighting at such a top level for much longer.

This goes especially if he ends up losing to Imavov on June 8. However, if he wins, he’ll probably get a chance to fight a title eliminator fight in the near future. So, can he win at UFC Kentucky? 

Well, he’s got experience on his side. He’s 17-6 overall, with wins over such elite middleweights as the former champ Sean Strickland, Marvin Vettori, and others. He’s also fought Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker but lost by decision each time.

Striking is his strongest weapon, but he also has decent wrestling skills although he prefers to finish his opponents with punches.

Nassourdine Imavov Wants to Take His Career to the Next Level

Nassourdine Imavov is 11 years younger than his UFC Kentucky opponent. He’s 13-4 overall with 5 wins by KO/TKO, 4 by submission, and 4 by decision. All this shows that he’s a very well-rounded fighter.

When it comes to his losses, three happened by decision and one by submission. He also has one no contest in his portfolio, which came after an accidental clash of heads in the fight with Chris Curtis.

One of his biggest advantages over Cannonier is that he’s significantly taller than him. He’s 6’3 while Cannonier is three inches shorter. However, somewhat surprisingly, Cannonier has a longer reach than him.

Jared Cannonier vs. Nassourdine Imavov Prediction

The UFC Kentucky headliner is one of the most important fights in Jared Cannonier’s career. If he loses on June 8, it’s basically the end of his title dream. However, if he wins, we could see him fight a title eliminator fight or even get a shot at the championship belt. The latter scenario isn’t very likely, but who knows what might happen if he gets an impressive win in Kentucky.

Pick: Jared Cannonier

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