UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs Dillashaw Prelims: Nassourdine Imavov vs Ian Heinisch- Prediction and Analysis

Published 07/22/2021, 11:28 AM EDT


UFC Fight Night Sandhagen vs Dillashaw is all set to be one of the best UFC events of the year. While most people are excited to see how the main event fights play out, there are a plethora of other good fights happening at the Preliminary card as well. One such fight is the Middleweight clash between Nassourdine Imavov and Ian Heinisch.

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Coming into the fight, Heinisch is in really bad form, having lost 3 of his last 4 fights. The fighter last competed at the UFC 258 event against Kelvin Gastelum and lost via a unanimous decision. The 32-year-old fighter was once considered to be one of the brightest prospects in the middleweight division.

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Heinisch had an impressive record of 13-1 at one point, however, since his UFC 241 loss to Derek Brunson, he never looked quite the same. Meanwhile, Heinisch’s opponent Nassourdine Imavov is also coming into this fight on the back of a loss. However, prior to his loss against Phil Hawes, Imavov had won 6 consecutive fights.

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Imavov had made his UFC debut against Jordan Williams, who is also competing at the same event. Both Heinisch and Imavov are coming into the fight on the back of a loss. Therefore, both of them would love to get a victory and move up in the UFC middleweight division.

Nassourdine Imavov vs Ian Heinisch: Analysis

While recent records might show that Imavov has the advantage over Heinisch going into the fight. Many people believe that this will not be the case and Heinisch will come out on top.


Heinisch is comparatively smaller than Imavov and will have a disadvantage in height and reach. However, the fighter is a striker and has the overall technique to defeat Imavov. Imavov might have the height and reach on Heinisch but as we have seen from his previous fights, Imavov isn’t always able to use them in his favor.

This is something Heinisch can use and get back to winning ways at UFC Vegas 32.

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Final Prediction: Ian Heinisch wins via unanimous decision

 

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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