Nassourdine Imavov outplayed Roman Dolidze, not interested to fight Chris Curtis next



by ARYAN LAKHANI

Nassourdine Imavov outplayed Roman Dolidze, not interested to fight Chris Curtis next
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Nassourdine Imavov is gradually making his way to the top. In the fight with Roman Dolidze, he had strong moments of domination, and after 5 rounds of action, the judges declared Nassourdine Imavov the winner by majority decision.

During the fight, Nassoudine Imavov was disturbed by Chris Curtis making comments from the corner and made it quite clear that he wasn’t interested in fighting Chris Curtis for a rematch.

With this win, Nassourdine Imavov has positioned himself one step above Khamzat Chimaev in the middleweight rankings; Imavov is now the 8th-ranked contender, while Chimaev is 9th in the table. Imavov can rightfully demand a fight with anyone from the top 7 or top 5; in the post-fight octagon interview he said he wants Sean Strickland next.

Nassourdine Imavov reflects on the win

During the post-fight interview, Nassourdine Imavov shared his thoughts on claiming a win and explained why he won’t fight Chris Curtis next. “I try to be as focused as I can,” Imavov said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.

“I try to stay focused on the cage, to stay calm, but sometimes my wild side can happen a little bit. I stayed as focused as I could be focused. I think it’s a lot because of the experience that I got into the cage with the years.

Roman is a real warrior. He kept fighting even though he could’ve stopped fighting. I have a lot of respect. Thank you so much, Roman, for that – as opposed to his cornerman, who is a quitter, like Chris Curtis”.

Nassourdine Imavov on Chris Curtis rematch

“I’m not at all interested by Chris Curtis, first of all, he’s so low on the rankings. Second of all, I did a masterclass against him. I just dominated him. He couldn’t do anything in the cage.

But if he really wants to keep talking, I can go to his place, his gym, and we can do a real tough sparring session. I’m going to destroy him as I did in the cage”.