UFC 268 might get a middleweight matchup between rising stars Edman Shahbazyan and Nassourdine Imavov as UFC is trying to make this fight a done deal.
UFC is trying to make this fight between Edman Shahbazyan and Nassourdine Imavov for the November card which will happen on November 6 in an event that is expected to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York. UFC 268 card will feature one of the highly anticipated rematches in the history of the UFC for the welterweight championship between champ Kamaru Usman and challenger Colby Covington. The card is also supposed to have a co-main event fight between Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje. The card is also rumored to feature another middleweight battle between Luke Rockhold and Sean Strickland.
UFC president Dana White announced that the UFC is targeting these fights to take place at UFC 268 card in November at the most iconic venue of them all, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Now the card is also ready to feature an exciting middleweight battle between up and comer fighters. UFC is yet to announce the full fight card.
Edmen debuted in the UFC in November at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale against Darren Stewart. He won the fight via split decision, His first big UFC win came against Brad Tavares. Shahbazyan was expected to face Krzysztof Jotko at UFC 244. However, Jotko withdrew from the match and was replaced by Brad Tavares. Edmen won the fight by a spectacular head kick finish in the first round.
Shahbazyan hit his first storm when he faced division veteran Derek Brunson. He got brutally dominated by Drek and finally lost the fight in the third round by TKO. He was then scheduled to face Jack Hermansson at UFC 262. But, the bout was postponed and took place at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt. Edemn eventually lost the fight via unanimous decision after getting dominated by Jack on the ground.
Imavov made his UFC debut against Jordan Williams at UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana. He won the bout via unanimous decision. Imavov faced Phil Hawes at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis. Despite giving all his efforts in that fight Imavov lost the match via majority decision. Imavov then faced Ian Heinisch at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. He won the fight via technical knockout in round two. He is now 2-1 in the UFC and is looking to extend his win streak in the UFC.
UFC 268 lineup includes:
- Champ Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington – for the welterweight championship
- Michael Chandler vs. Justin Gaethje
- Luke Rockhold vs. Sean Strickland
- Nassourdine Imavov vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
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