The UFC made its first big splash of 2023 with Fight Night 217: Strickland vs. Imavov, which took place at the APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event featured six preliminary card fights and five main card bouts, headlined by a light heavyweight battle between two top 15 contenders in Sean Strickland (No. 7) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (No. 12).
Below you will be able to find the results of all main card and preliminary fights and a brief recap of the Strickland/Imavov bout.
Main Event- Sean Strickland vs. Nassourdine Imavov (Light Heavyweight)
Strickland Def. Imavov via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)
The Strickland/Imavov fight went the distance, with Strickland coming out on top via UD (49-46, 49-46, 48-47). The bout got off to a relatively slow start, as both fighters mostly just kept to low kicks and teeps. It wasn’t until the second and third rounds that Strickland was able to land some heavier punches and take control of the fight.
While Imavov held in there, he couldn’t do much in terms of landing clean blows on Strickland, who played great defense with clinches after taking the lead. Ultimately, it was almost a certainty that Strickland would win if it went to the cards.
Co Main Event- Dan Ige vs. Damon Jackson (Featherweight)
Dan Ige def. Damon Jackson via KO (punches), 4:13 of round 2
Main Card Fight- Roman Kopylov vs. Puna Soriano (Middleweight)
Roman Kopylov def. Puna Soriano via TKO (strikes), 3:19 of round 1
Main Card Fight- Raquel Pennington vs. Ketlen Vieira Raquel (Women Bantamweight)
Pennington def. Ketlen Vieira via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Main Card Fight- Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos (Bantamweight)
Umar Nurmagomedov def. Raoni Barcelos via KO (punch), :44 of round 1
Javid Basharat def. Mateus Mendonca via UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Abdul Razak Alhassan def.Claudio Ribeiro via KO (punch), :28 of round 2
Mateusz Rebecki def.Nick Fiore via UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Allan Nascimento def.Carlos Hernandez via submission (rear naked choke), 3:16 of round 1
Daniel Argueta def. Nick Aguirre via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Charles Johnson def. Jimmy Flick via TKO (strikes), 4:33 of round 1
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