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UFC Struggle Evening: Cannonier vs. Imavov odds, predictions, time: MMA knowledgeable reveals stunning combat card picks

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Former middleweight title challenger Jared Cannonier will try and get in place for one more shot on the belt Saturday as he faces surging prospect Nassourdine Imavov in the primary occasion of UFC Struggle Evening: Cannonier vs. Imavov. The primary UFC combat card is about for 8 p.m. ET from the KFC Yum! Heart in Louisville. The No. 4-ranked Cannonier has notched wins over two top-five opponents since shedding his title shot towards former champion Israel Adesanya. Yet another spectacular victory might give him leverage towards one other title shot within the top-heavy division. The No. 7-ranked Imavov is a flexible prospect who has only one defeat in his final six appearances however continues to be in search of a signature win that can doubtlessly put him within the title-fight dialog. 

Imavov is a -125 favourite (threat $125 to win 100), whereas Cannonier is priced at +105 within the newest UFC Struggle Evening: 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 Struggle Evening: Cannonier vs. Imavov picks, be sure to see the MMA predictions and betting recommendation from SportsLine knowledgeable 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 recurrently with MMA fighters to grasp the game’s nuances. 

Vithlani made his SportsLine debut in January 2023 and swept the primary 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 picks 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 most important card and his UFC 299 winners included underdog picks on Poirier (+190) towards Saint Denis (-230) and Michael Web page (+110) towards Kevin Holland (-130). Anybody who has adopted him has seen huge returns. 

Now, with UFC Struggle Evening: Cannonier vs. Imavov on deck, Vithlani has studied the cardboard from prime to backside and launched his prime picks. You may solely see his picks and evaluation at SportsLine

UFC Struggle Evening: 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 in addition 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 all the way down to gentle heavyweight. He went 2-3 at gentle heavyweight and appeared to have a ceiling of a journeyman at finest earlier than selecting to maneuver down yet 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 combat. 

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

Imavov (13-4-1) is a slick athlete with a cultured skillset who received 4 of his first 5 appearances. The UFC brass appeared excessive on him as a prospect and booked him in a Struggle Evening most important occasion towards Strickland in January final yr. Strickland dominated the combat from wire to wire to win a unanimous resolution 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 monitor with a majority-decision win towards fellow prospect Roman Dolidze in February. You may solely see who to again at UFC Struggle Evening right here.

UFC Struggle Evening predictions 

We’ll share one among Vithlani’s UFC Struggle Evening picks right here: He’s backing Ludovit Klein (-125) to earn a victory towards Thiago Moises (+105) in a light-weight matchup on the preliminary card. 

Klein (21-4-1) is a flexible brawler who has emerged as a prospect on the power of a five-fight winless streak. The 29-year-old Slovakian fighter is coming off a first-round stoppage of AJ Cunnigham in March.

Moises (18-7) is a six-year UFC veteran who has squared off towards a few of the division’s largest names. The 29-year-old Brazilian grappling specialist has received three of his previous 4, with all three wins by stoppage.

“Klein is a dangerous kickboxer and, if he can defend Moises grappling advances, he would be the extra harmful striker,” Vithlani advised SportsLine. See who else to again right here.

Methods to make UFC Struggle Evening picks  

Vithlani has robust picks for Cannonier vs. Imavov and different bouts on the UFC Struggle Evening 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 accessible at SportsLine

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

UFC Struggle Evening odds, combat card

See full UFC Struggle Evening picks, predictions, and finest 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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