Despite the fact that Sean Strickland will have to return to the octagon after only four weeks after the second defeat in a row, he will come out as a favorite to fight against Nassurdin Imavov.
Strickland’s odds are currently 1.833 (probability 54.55%), while Imavov’s success is estimated at 1.943 (probability 51.46%).
Bookmakers have released starting odds shortly after an injured Kelvin Gastelum pulled out of UFC Fight Night 217 and Sean Strickland agreed to take on Nassurdin Imavov on short notice.
The fight, declared the main event of the event, remains a five-round fight, but will take place not in the middle, but in the light heavyweight category.
Nassurdin Imavov, a 27-year-old native of Dagestan representing France, is on a three-fight streak in the UFC, winning a unanimous decision over Joaquin Buckley in his last fight.
31-year-old Sean Strickland, on the other hand, suffered two defeats in a row, losing by knockout to Alex Pereira and losing a split decision to Jared Cannonier, with the American having his last fight on December 17, headlining the final UFC tournament last year.
UFC Fight Night 217 will be the organization’s first show of the year and will take place on January 14 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.