Saturday’s UFC Vegas 85 combat card was headlined by a middleweight bout between ninth-ranked Roman Dolidze and eleventh-ranked Nassourdine Imavov.
Dolidze had a four-fight profitable streak snapped in his final outing dropping to Marvin Vettori by way of unanimous resolution final March. Imavov had a tough 2023, dropping to Sean Strickland and having a no contest towards Chris Curtis after an unintentional conflict of heads in his final combat.
Dolidze landed leg kicks within the early going whereas Imavov responded with leg kicks. Imavov inched ahead and landed a mixture. Dolidze shortly clinched. Imavov linked with an elbow as the 2 battled for positing within the clinch. They separated and commenced exchanging.
Dolidze pressed ahead with a mixture. Imavov answered with a proper hand. Imavov linked with a proper hand that damage Dolidze. He landed one other proper hand that despatched Dolidze to the canvas. Imavov labored arduous for the end. He took Dolidze’s again and hammered away with proper arms. Imavov labored to safe an arm bar however the bell saved Dolidze. The primary spherical undoubtedly went to Imavov.
Imavov landed a left hand to start out the second body. Dolidze linked with a proper hand. He clinched delivered knees to the legs of Imavov. With two minutes remaining, Imavov turned Dolidze and the 2 separated. Dolidze landed a leg kick and Imavov countered with a proper hand. Dolidze ties Imavov up. Referee Herb Dean separated the fighters with 20 seconds left.
As soon as separated, each me threw and linked with heavy leather-based. Dolidze probably gained the spherical with management.
They exchanged leg kicks to start out the third. Imavov delivered entrance leg kicks and Dolidze shortly clinched. Imavov created sufficient house to attach with a head kick. Dolidze steps into the pocket with a stiff jab. Dolidze closed this distance however ate a proper hand within the course of. They separated and Imavov linked with a large proper hand.
Dolidze once more tied Imavov up. They battled for place contained in the clinch with Dolidze urgent Imavov towards the cage. They separated. A proper hand by Imavov discovered its mark however Dolidze was capable of take it. The referee separated with 30 seconds remaining within the spherical. Dolidze linked with a spinning again kick to the physique. Imavov was clearly profitable after they have been at distance. Dolidze clinches however did not do something with the place.
Dolidze got here out with a livid tempo earlier than clinching at first of the fourth. Imavov is ready to get behind Dolidze within the clinch. He linked with a head kick and dropped Dolidze. The kick linked whereas Dolidze’s hand was on the canvas. Dolidze remained on the canvas for a while earlier than making his solution to a impartial nook. After two minutes, he resumed after Imavov was deducted a degree.
Dolidze linked with a mixture. It appeared like Dolidze pulled guard. The 2 scramble and Dolidze gained high place halfway by way of the spherical. Imavov labored his solution to the fence and used it to face. Dolidze saved the stress on. Imavov separated with a minute remaining and the 2 slugged it out for a couple of seconds. Imavov clinched and the spherical ended with the 2 males towards the cage.
With the purpose deduction, who is aware of the place the scorecards stand. Dolidze got here out aggressive however ended up clinching. Dolidze labored to get the combat to the bottom however Imavov had none of it. He remained standing however was nonetheless within the clinch together with his again towards the cage. Referee Herb Dean separated them with two minutes remaining.
Dolidze linked with a proper hand. Imavov threw a proper hand and Dolidze ducked beneath and clinched. They separated with one minute remaining within the spherical. Imavov stuffed a takedown try and linked with a left hand. He stood over Dolidze and made him stand with seconds left within the body. The spherical ended with the combat going the gap.
The judges scored the combat for Imavov by way of majority resolution. The scorecards learn 49-44, 47-47, and 48-46. With the win, Imavov will crack the Prime 10 middleweight rankings.