CHICAGO, IL JANUARY 15, 2023 JACOB DIETRICH
UFC was again in 2023 and we form of began it the best way 2022 closed. With a Sean Strickland headlined battle evening card. Strickland received the battle because the betting underdog (odds have been very shut as I obtained him at +105) and whereas his rating could not change from quantity seven within the middleweight division, he’s positively going again in the fitting route.
Sean Strickland is each cherished and hated by many. He misplaced the ultimate battle evening by a controversial resolution to quantity three middleweight, Jared Cannonier. On this battle, Strickland stepped in on very late discover to avoid wasting the cardboard after Kelvin Gastelum needed to be eliminated on account of a gnarly face damage suffered in camp. Strickland was appreciated as many consider he’s the one individual on the earth that may step as much as tackle the rising prospect of Nassourdine Imavov. He pushed his tempo and had management for a lot of the battle, a lot so earlier than the outcomes have been introduced he stepped in the direction of the judges desk saying they have been the rationale he needed to battle on this bout. Honestly, Strickland is a cash hungry animal, I consider he would have taken this battle regardless. He might be referred to as many names however one that everybody ought to be calling him is fearless. He’s not afraid to take a battle no matter who the opponent is which we noticed when he confronted off with Alex Pereira final summer time. A battle I’d like to see subsequent for Strickland is Sean vs. Derek Brunson is a title battle eliminator. Each guys have been round however each are on the outer layer of this title battle onion and one must be peeled off to deliver extra readability. Each males are getting older and whereas neither would must be lower, we may very well be speaking about retirement for Brunson or turning Strickland into the final word gatekeeper to get into the highest 5 of the middleweight division for the loser of that battle.
Imavov is just 26 years previous so on no account is he heading within the fallacious route. Certainly, Sean Strickland is the hardest check that Nassourdine has had throughout the octagon and it isn’t actually a debate. He was defeated on factors and at occasions regarded to have some promise however this didn’t final as Strickland was in a position to keep away from hazard and power himself to go ahead and land strikes of his personal. Imavov might be again probably by summer time of 2023 since he didn’t take a loopy quantity of injury and all he’ll want is time to get again to the fitness center and get a brand new plan however the battle I’d love for the younger man could be to be up with Jack Hermansson in a battle evening most important occasion. I believe this can be a winnable entertaining battle. We’re coming to the tip of the Jack Hermansson experiment, he’s 1-2 in his final three fights along with his win coming in a really boring three spherical affair with Chris Curtis in July final yr. Hermansson is ranked 9 in the intervening time and with a win Imavov may very well be within the high 5 trying to face off towards guys like Paulo Costa, Dricus Du Plessis, or if Luke Rockhold decides to battle once more.