UFC targeting a fight between Nassourdine Imavov and Chris Curtis

The UFC is in the process of finalizing a fun middleweight matchup for June. Mike Heck from MMA Fighting was the first to report this afternoon that verbal agreements are in place for a matchup between “The Action Man” Chris Curtis (30-10) and Nassourdine Imavov (12-4).

Per the report, the matchup would take place on June 10th at UFC 289 adding a little more juice to the promotion’s return to Canada. For Curtis, this is a really quick turnaround. The Action Man was just in action at UFC 287 less than two weeks ago.

Curtis had a war with Kelvin Gastelum. Ultimately, Curtis fell short, but he did come on really strong in the third round. Curtis filed an appeal regarding the loss due to a headbutt that caused him to get dropped in the fight which he ultimately believed cost him the decision.

Nevertheless, as of now, it’s a loss for Curtis. After winning his first three bouts in the promotion, Curtis is just 1-2 in his last three. Granted, both loss were very competitive and he’s still one of the best middleweight contenders which is why his strength of opponent is not dropping off.

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Nassourdine Imavov and Chris Curtis were originally supposed to fight back in 2020 at a regional show but the plans changed and now both men are in the UFC. Since joining the promotion, Imavov has gone 4-2, but like Curtis, he’s coming off a loss.

The last time we saw Imavov was in January when he took on Sean Strickland on less than a week’s notice. Imavov was supposed to fight Kelvin Gastelum but Gastelum had to pull out last minute due to a cut. Strickland stepped up and won a decision over Imavov snapping his three-fight winning streak.

Now, Curtis and Imavov are finally going to meet and both of these men are going to look to avoid back-to-back losses. With Imavov’s incredibly high level striking and Chris Curtis’ boxing, this should be a standup showcase for the fans that are tuning in.

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