Rounding out the preliminary card in the upcoming UFC event is a middleweight battle that could be an exciting betting opportunity. These typically produce one-of-a-kind showdowns, so this is a great battle to watch.
The battle to check out is the one between Nassourdine Imavov and Ian Heinisch. These two have solid resumes that can turn heads in this event.
- Date: Sat, Jul 24, 3:00 PM
- Venue: UFC Apex
- Watch on: ESPN
Nassourdine Imavov (9-3-0): Aiming to get Back on Track
Imavov is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Phil Hawes back in February of this year. This loss snapped his previous six-fight winning streak dating back to late 2017.
His fighting resume shows that he has three wins by knockout, four by submission, and two by decision. This resume is as balanced as you can get, with slight favoritism in the ground game.
He has a striking accuracy at 61 percent and a grappling accuracy at 12 percent. He lands 4.17 significant strikes a minute while absorbing 2.03. This is a solid ratio if he can continue these numbers.
Imavov has a takedown defense at 60 percent and a significant strike defense at 59 percent. He also averages 0.50 takedowns and 2.00 submissions every 15 minutes.
Ian Heinisch (14-4-0): Trying to Turn His Career Around
Heinisch needs a win badly here, especially after dropping his last three out of four battles. The most recent performance was a unanimous decision against Kelvin Gastleum back in February of this year.
His fighting resume shows that he has five wins by knockout, two by submission, and seven by decision. His resume tends to be balanced, with a slight increase in the need for the judges to decide his fate.
“The Hurricane” has a striking accuracy of 50 percent and a grappling accuracy of 18 percent. He lands 3.28 significant strikes a minute while taking on 2.79. This is a solid ratio with a slight separation between the two averages.
Heinisch has a takedown defense at 60 percent and a significant strike defense at 58 percent. He also averages 1.13 takedowns and 0.80 submissions every 15 minutes.
Odds For This Event
The market is showing Heinisch as a slight favorite here. For the Moneyline, BetOnline has the odds currently set at:
- Heinisch: -152
- Imavov: +132
*odds are subject to changes
Free Betting Pick
The market is giving some faith to Heinisch even after dropping his three out of four battles. However, you could argue that the odds should be a coin flip here.
Heinisch’s recent losses have been against solid strikers. In this situation, he is up against another solid striker that has two UFC battles on his resume so far.
Do not be surprised if Heinisch is able to rebound here. But, you cannot ignore the recent success Imavov has had in order to get to this point.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Imavov wins via decision, at +132
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