The first UFC event of the new year has a new main event after Kelvin Gastelum has withdrawn from his fight with Nassourdine Imavov leading Sean Strickland to step up and take his place in our headliner from the Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Odds Provided by BestFightOdds.com Accurate as of 1/9/2023 8:05 PM EST
Current Odds: Nassourdine Imavov -105, Sean Strickland -115
Oddsmakers have labeled this a much more challenging task for Imavov, who was favored at -210 over Kelvin Gastelum and now shifts to the underdog role in this new matchup.
Imavov is looking to earn the rank of contender with a win here after a standout performance against Joaquin Buckley, which he won by unanimous decision, improving his record to 12-3 as a pro. Strickland makes a quick turnaround here as he tries to regain traction in the division after suffering back-to-back losses in the form of a split decision against Jared Cannonier and his knockout loss to Alex Pereira, leaving him with a record of 25-5 as a pro.
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