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UFC Combat Night time: Cannonier vs. Imavov predictions, odds, time: MMA professional reveals shocking battle card picks

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Rising middleweight prospect Nassourdine Imavov makes his second consecutive headlining look Saturday in the principle occasion of UFC Combat Night time: Cannonier vs. Imavov towards one-time title challenger Jared Cannonier. Their five-round battle is about to focus on the principle UFC battle card (8 p.m. ET) from the KFC Yum! Heart in Louisville. The No. 7-ranked Imavov gained his main-event debut in February and is now looking for his first win towards a top-five opponent so as to enter the title-fight dialog. However the No. 4-ranked Cannonier has his eyes on a second title shot and can achieve leverage towards that objective with one other win Saturday.

Imavov is a -125 favourite (danger $125 to win 100), whereas Cannonier is priced at +105 within the newest UFC Combat Night time: Cannonier vs. Imavov odds. Within the co-main occasion, veteran gentle heavyweight sluggers sq. off when Dustin Jacoby (-220) takes on Dominick Reyes (+180). Earlier than locking in any UFC Combat Night time: Cannonier vs. Imavov picks, be sure you see the MMA predictions and betting recommendation from SportsLine professional Daniel Vithlani

From breaking down movie and following fighters and their camps carefully, to monitoring sharp motion and betting market indicators, Vithlani covers the breadth of the MMA betting panorama prime to backside. He additionally trains novice boxers and speaks usually with MMA fighters to grasp the game’s nuances. 

Vithlani made his SportsLine debut in January 2023 and swept the principle card for UFC 283 with a 5-0 file and has been a constant winner ever since. Over the previous 12 UFC pay-per-view occasions, Vithlani has gone 8-4 on main-event picks and his main-card alternatives in that span have netted his followers a revenue of greater than $1,500. 

His highlights embrace predicting an upset for Sean O’Malley (+210) towards Aljamain Sterling (-250) at UFC 292 as a part of a 4-1 predominant card and his UFC 299 winners included underdog alternatives on Poirier (+190) towards Saint Denis (-230) and Michael Web page (+110) towards Kevin Holland (-130). Anybody who has adopted him has seen large returns. 

Now, with UFC Combat Night time: Cannonier vs. Imavov on deck, Vithlani has studied the cardboard from prime to backside and launched his prime alternatives. You’ll be able to solely see his picks and evaluation at SportsLine

UFC Combat Night time: Cannonier vs. Imavov preview 

Cannonier (17-6) is a late bloomer by MMA requirements. He did not make his skilled debut till age 27 and likewise made quite a few profession changes earlier than rising as a title challenger at middleweight. Cannonier began his UFC profession at heavyweight earlier than he moved right down to gentle heavyweight. He went 2-3 at gentle heavyweight and appeared to have a ceiling of a journeyman at greatest earlier than selecting to maneuver down another division to middleweight.

The Dallas native’s dedication to disciplined coaching and diet paid off. Now 40, he’s 7-2 at middleweight, along with his solely losses coming to former champions Adesanya and Robert Whittaker. He additionally has a split-decision win over Sean Strickland, who went on to win the title after their battle. 

Sadly for Cannonier, his listless efficiency towards Adesanya for the title at UFC 276 in July 2022 hampered his probabilities for instantly rejoining the title image. Nevertheless, a dominant efficiency Saturday would put him on the brief listing of viable title contenders behind Adesanya, Whittaker and Strickland. 

Imavov (13-4-1) is a slick athlete with a sophisticated skillset who gained 4 of his first 5 appearances. The UFC brass appeared excessive on him as a prospect and booked him in a Combat Night time predominant occasion towards Strickland in January final 12 months. Strickland dominated the battle from wire to wire to win a unanimous determination earlier than beating Adesanya for the belt final September. 

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Nevertheless, following a no-contest towards veteran Chris Curtis, Imavov bought again on observe with a majority-decision win towards fellow prospect Roman Dolidze in February. You’ll be able to solely see who to again at UFC Combat Night time right here.

UFC Combat Night time predictions 

We’ll share one in all Vithlani’s UFC Combat Night time alternatives right here: He’s siding with Julian Marquez (-130) to get previous Zachary Reece (+110) in a middleweight matchup on the principle card.

Marquez (9-2) is an motion brawler who rapidly turned a fan favourite due to his wild fights, and at one stretch he earned three efficiency bonuses in 4 fights. Nevertheless, his risk-heavy fashion caught as much as him in current outings and the 34-year-old Kansas Metropolis native is coming off consecutive stoppage losses.

Reese (6-1) is an influence puncher who earned a UFC contract following success within the Fury FC promotion and a win on “Dana White’s Contender Collection.” Nevertheless, the 30-year-old Texan misplaced his UFC debut by knockout to journeyman Cody Brundage in December.

“Marquez is a UFC veteran who at all times appears to be in wild fights. Marquez throws energy punches to shut distance, the place he can then implement his grappling. I lean towards Marquez for his expertise,” Vithlani informed SportsLine. See who else to again right here.

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Vithlani has robust picks for Cannonier vs. Imavov and different bouts on the UFC Combat Night time card. He is additionally backing a fighter who “is a extremely technical kickboxer” to emerge with a dominant victory. His picks and evaluation are solely out there at SportsLine

Who wins UFC Combat Night time: Cannonier vs. Imavov, and the way precisely does every battle finish? Go to SportsLine now to get detailed picks on UFC Combat Night time, all from the MMA professional who profited greater than $1,500 on his UFC main-card picks in 2023, and discover out. 

UFC Combat Night time odds, battle card

See full UFC Combat Night time picks, predictions, and greatest bets right here.
Jared Cannonier (+105) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (-125)
Dominick Reyes (+180) vs. Dustin Jacoby (-220)
Raul Rosas (-230) vs. Ricky Turcios (+190)
Bruno Ferreira (-270) vs. Dustin Stolzfus (+220)
Julian Marquez (-130) vs. Zach Reese (+110)
Punahale Soriano (+160) vs. Miguel Baeza (-190)
Thiago Moises (+105) vs. Ludovit Klein (-125)
Carlos Prates (-230) vs. Charles Radtke (+190)
Brad Katona (-600) vs. Jesse Butler (+400)
Daniel Marcos (-115) vs. John Castaneda (-105)
Eduarda Moura (-160) vs. Denise Gomes (+130)
Cody Stamann (+220) vs. Taylor Lapilus (-270)

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