UFC Vegas 19- Phillip Hawes vs Nassourdine Imavov: Prediction and Analysis

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February 20, 2021 3:30 pm

UFC Vegas 19 will take place this weekend. Although the card has been reduced by one fight, it is still stacked with some incredibly interesting fights across multiple weight classes. One such fight takes place in the middleweight division as Phillip Hawes takes on Nassourdine Imavov. 

Both men are currently unranked in the UFC’s middleweight division, which is arguably its most talent-stacked division. Both ‘Megatron’ and Imavov will be aiming to secure a win and take a step towards gaining a rank in the UFC. 

Heading into the fight, we take a closer look at the strengths and weaknesses of both fighters and the potential route to victory for both men. 

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Phillip Hawes vs Nassourdine Imavov is a must-watch fight at UFC Vegas 19

Phil Hawes made his UFC debut on Dana White’s Contender Series in August 2017 when he was viciously knocked out by Julian Marquez. He was since released and fought elsewhere before returning to the UFC in September 2020 on Dana White’s Contender Series. He secured an impressive TKO win over Khadzimurat Bestaev in round one. Most recently, he stopped Jacob Malkoun in 18-seconds at UFC 254. 

Nassourdine Imavov made his UFC debut last October and secured a unanimous decision win over Jordan Williams. He will be aiming to build on that and secure his second win in the promotion. Imavov is currently riding a six-fight win streak. 

Megatron’ is a knockout artist and has secured 78% of his wins via T/KO. He had landed an impressive 4.14 significant strikes per minute in the UFC thus far. However, he has absorbed a concerning 4.81 significant strikes in return. Hawes has also averaged 1.68 takedowns per 15 minutes with an accuracy of 14%. 

Imavov is an expert on the ground and has secured 44% of his wins via submission. However, this does not mean he lags behind on the feet. Nassourdine has landed an impressive 4.53 significant strikes per minute and has absorbed just 2.0 in return. He has also averaged one takedown per 15 minutes and four submission attempts in the same time frame.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 04: (L-R) Nassourdine Imavov of Russia punches Jordan Williams in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 04, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Hawes’ takedown defense has not been tested thus far in the UFC. He will need to be sharp and keep the fight standing for his best chance at victory. If he is able to do so, he should be able to secure another knockout win. 

Prediction: Phillip Hawes via T/KO 

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Kevin Binoy

Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories. He has also written for a soccer website named Dribl. He has been at the desk and has covered monumental MMA moments such as Khabib Nurmagomedov's retirement at UFC 254 and Conor McGregor's maiden MMA TKO defeat at UFC 257. Kevin was attracted to MMA when he watched Ronda Rousey demolish Cat Zingano in 2015. Following 'Rowdy's departure, he has gravitated towards fighters like Jon Jones and 'The Eagle' Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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