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Midnight Mania! Kelvin Gastelum vs Nassourdine Imavov targeted for UFC 273

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In what feels like a rare occasion, longtime UFC Middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum will have a full camp to prepare for his next opponent. Per ESPN, rising knockout artist Nassourdine Imavov and Gastelum have agreed to fight on UFC 273, scheduled for April 9 at a to-be-announced location.

In the last couple years, Gastelum has frequently proven himself a gamer by jumping on short-notice opportunities. Unfortunately for the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner, those gambles have not really paid off, as he’s won just a single bout in his last six trips to the Octagon.

On the bright side, Gastelum has been facing nothing but top contenders and remains ranked inside the Top 10. Plus, he’s consistently exciting in victory or defeat.

Still, he doesn’t face an easy challenge in something of a must-win fight. Imavov is just 25 years of age, but the French boxer has proven to carry powerful and accurate hands in his four previous Octagon bouts. He rides a two-fight win streak, having battered both Edmen Shahbazyan and Ian Heinisch for knockout wins.

The stakes are high for each man. Gastelum risks losing his spot in the Top 10 and perhaps even on the roster, whereas Imavov can pick up the biggest scalp of his career and advance up the ladder further.

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