America vs France: Jared Cannonier takes on Nassourdine Imavov

Published on 7 June 2024 at 20:00

The KFC Yum! Center is ready to host UFC Louisville, with plenty of action lined up got Saturday night. The Main Event showcases a Middleweight bout between former title challenger and #4 contender, Jared Cannonier, going up against the #7 contender, Nassourdine Imavov. Here is everything you need to know and what to expect.

Cannonier only fought once last year, but he put on an incredible performance against Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 75, landing over 240 strikes in the fight to win by unanimous decision.

The Killa Gorilla is on a two-fight winning streak after he captured his first win with a split decision over Sean Strickland at UFC Vegas 66. Cannonier has only lost twice in the UFC Middleweight division, losing to Robert Whittaker by unanimous decision at UFC 254 and to Israel Adesanya in a title fight with the same result at UFC 276.

The Texan has fought with the UFC since January 2015, competing in both the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight division before showcasing his dominance at Middleweight. The majority of the Dallas-born fighter's wins have come by knockout as he has earned 10 KO/TKO victories in his MMA career.

The #4 Middleweight contender sets his eyes on title contention if he is victorious as he will want to make sure he maintains his ranking before jumping ahead to a possible golden opportunity.


Imavov last brawled earlier on this year at UFC Vegas 85, where he put on an fascinating striking display to defeat Roman Dolidze by majority decision, with many of the fighting community believing that the result should have been unanimous.

The Sniper's recent win redeemed himself after having an unfortunate 2023, when he lost to Sean Strickland, in a Light Heavyweight bout, by unanimous decision at the start of the year before his second fight would end in a no contest with Chris Curtis after a clash of heads at UFC 289.

The Frenchman has only had eight fights with the UFC, winning five of those as in his MMA career, he has proved to defeat his opponents both standing up and on the ground with five KO/TKO and four submission wins out of his 13 victories on his record.

This is a huge opportunity for the #7 Middleweight contender as not only will he rise near the top of the rankings, but he may only need one more fight after Cannonier before earning a chance to win UFC gold.

Other Fights you should look out for

Dominick Reyes vs Dustin Jacoby - Reyes returns to the UFC after a 20-month absence as he is eyeing redemption in Louisville, currently standing on a four-fight losing streak. His last three fights have ended by knockout with the most recent loss coming against Ryan Spann at UFC 281, where he would lose in the first 80 seconds of the bout. The Devastator is in a dying need for a victory with his last successful result coming against Chris Weidman back in October 2019, as he looks to himself in the Light Heavyweight rankings.

Jacoby last fought at UFC 296, suffering an unanimous decision loss to Alonzo Menifield. The former Kickboxer has only won once in his last four fights as he managed to defeat Kennedy Nzechukwu by first-round TKO at UFC Nashville. The Hanyak was the previous #15 Light Heavyweight contender, but after his poor run of form and new fighters entering the rankings, he aims to get himself back in the position.


Thiago Moises vs L'udovit Klein - Moises last fought at UFC Vegas 88 where he would take the victory by third-round TKO after some brutal leg kicks against Mitch Ramirez. The Brazilian did well in home territory last year, winning by second-round submission at UFC 283 but would not do so well in enemy territory as he lost to Benoit Saint-Denis by second-round TKO at UFC Paris. Another winning streak is inbound Indaiatuba-born fighter as he tries to impress the Kentucky fans.

Klein recently fought at UFC Vegas 87 where he pulled out a magnificent first-round TKO win against AJ Cunningham. The Slovakian is currently unbeaten in his last five fights with four of those going the distance as last year he would earn a majority draw against Jai Herbert and win by unanimous decision against Ignacio Bahamondes. Mr. Highlights looks to keep his unbeaten streak going and make it more appealing with a stoppage win.


John Castaneda vs Daniel Marcos - Castaneda picked up a victory in his first UFC PPV event, winning by unanimous decision Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 295. Sexy Mexi has only had six fights in the UFC with four wins and two losses, while his MMA record has proven to be impressive as he had eight KO/TKO wins and six submission victories in his career. Currently on a two-fight winning streak, the Texan will continue to grow and stay in the win column.

Marcos last fought at UFC Vegas 86 when his bout with Aoriqileng ended in a no contest due to an accidental low blow. Soncora is undefeated in MMA with 15 victories, eight of those have ended by KO/TKO as he likes to knock his opponents out. The Peruvian looks to make his mark in the Bantamweight division and pull off a statement win which could see him just outside the rankings.


Who will be glorious in the Main Event at UFC Louisville? Which fight are you looking forward to the most?


Written by Charlie Oxtoby


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