Nassourdine Imavov achieved his first UFC Main Event win on Saturday with a dominant performance, which also included some mid-and post-fight drama.
Imavov (12-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) won the fight by a majority (49-44). The UFC Fight Night 235 Middleweight Main Event was held at UFC Apex Las Vegas.
Dolidze fought off an attack in the late rounds of Round 1. Imavov threw him to the ground, then pounded on his back, before trying more ground and pound. Dolidze was a little disoriented at the end of round horn as he made a stumble back to his corner.
Both the second and third rounds were full of clinching, with each fighter controlling his position at different times. They appeared tired in Round 3 when they were separated by a minute.
Imavov’s right hand proved to be money, with two big ones landing on Dolidze’s dome during Round 3. Dolidze took Imavov by the hand, slowing down the pace a little. But Imavov scored another big right when they separated.
An unusually heated moment occurred in Round 4 when Imavov grabbed hold of Dolidze’s back in the clinch. Dolidze put one…