Jordan Williams vs. Nassourdine Imavov Betting Preview – UFC Fight Night (Oct 3, 2020)

| September 30, 2020 6:27 am PDT

An exciting middleweight matchup between Jordan Williams and Nassourdine Imavov goes down on the undercard of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Aldana.

Williams bagged a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series earlier this month and will be facing another debutant in the form of France’s Imavov at Fight Island on October 3.

This is the third year that Williams has appeared on the Contender Series. In 2018, he earned an impressive finish over Tim Caron that was later overturned to a No Contest on account of a failed drug test. Last year, Williams dropped an eyebrow-raising decision to Ramazan Kuramagomedov. This time, his stoppage win over Gregory Rodriguez takes him to the promised land.

As fate would have it, Imavov was initially booked in to face Rodriguez before he pulled out. He is looking to earn a sixth straight win on Saturday night.

If you are betting on UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Aldana, don’t sleep on this fight. It should be among the best bouts on the card.

Let’s start with my pick for the fight before I get into the odds and best bets for Williams vs. Imavov.

Williams vs. Imavov – Who Wins?

  • Jordan Williams to Win by KO/TKO

A natural middleweight, Jordan will have the advantage of fighting at 185 over Imavov, who has pretty much been a welterweight for the majority of his career.

Williams is a hard-hitter, scoring KOs in all but one of his professional victories. The majority have come in the first round. But truth be told, this is so close to a 50/50 fight until you factor in the American’s advantages.

I’ll expand more on why I’m backing Williams to beat Imavov a little later. First, let’s see what the bookies think of this fight.

Williams vs. Imavov Odds

Jordan Williams to Win-163
Nassourdine Imavov to Win+120

Williams is the -163 favorite over Imavov, who comes in at +120.

It wouldn’t hurt to remind you that this is the first UFC fight for both guys, making odds history a little hard to come by.

What we do know is that Williams opened as the underdog against Caron, Kuramagomedov, and Rodrigues. He lost, drew, and won in those fights, although many think he beat Kuramagomedov.

Imavov has no professional odds listed. This is certainly the highest-profile fight of his career, and there isn’t much difference between his price and that of Williams.

How will this affect you when choosing your Williams vs. Imavov bets? Well, here’s three suggestions that might help you on your way.

Best Williams vs. Imavov Bets

  • Williams to Win (-163)
  • Williams to Win by KO/TKO/DQ/Submission (+140)
  • Imavov to Win by KO/TKO/DQ/Submission (+275)

I think Williams has the advantages of both strength and experience and is a good bet to get his UFC career up and running with a win. You can get odds of -163 for Williams to win with online UFC betting sites, which is a solid wager.

However, if you are like me you might see a stoppage as inevitable in this one. These guys have earned a combined ten stoppages from their last ten victories. They do not mess around. Williams to win by KO/TKO/DQ or submission comes in at +140. As simple as it sounds if you’re backing Williams to emerge with the win, think about taking these odds.

With that said, if you think Imavov is poised to spoil Williams’ night, back him at +275. Not only does Imavov have impressive stoppage power, but his submission game has looked very good, earning him four of his eight career wins to date.

This is another tough one to call, but let’s move on to my reasons for giving Williams the edge.

Why Williams Beats Imavov

Imavov, known as the “Russian Sniper,” looks the part. If you have seen footage of his online, you might even disagree with me here and be tempted to get your money down on him to beat Williams. And I wouldn’t hate you for that at all.

Standing at 6’3″, the French fighter has a three-inch height advantage over Williams. Despite this, he has a slight disadvantage in reach, coming in at 75.6″ to his opponent’s 76.5″.

But I think there are a few advantages that Williams holds over the Frenchman. The first is that he has more experience at 185-pounds than his opponent. Not only is his power proven at this weight, but he will feel natural come fight night.

Second, Williams has appeared on the Contender Series three times and is highly likely to be adaptable to the pressures that come with fighting in front of the cameras. This can, as proven countless times before, be enough to lead even a very good fighter into freezing on the night.

And finally, I believe Williams has fought a better caliber of fighter. Both men have lost two fights in their careers. Williams’ two came against Ramazan Kuramagomedov (in a fight that could/should have gone his way) and Dwight Grant, who beat Alain Jouban in the UFC last year.

By contrast, Imavov lost to Michal Michalski who is 3-3 from his last six in Poland’s KSW promotion, and Ayadi Majdeddine in his pro debut.

It will be a close fight, but I expect these three advantages to prove very valuable to Williams’ hopes of winning his debut bout. Providing he can find range while keeping the fight on the feet, he should eventually land something big.

Closing Thoughts

I’m looking forward to this one. Both Williams and Imavov deserve their shots, and I’m sure the best man will win on the night.

I have to give the American the advantage, but it should be a competitive fight until, well, it isn’t. We’ll find out what happens on Saturday night’s Holm vs. Aldana undercard.

If you haven’t done so already, feel free to check out my Holm vs. Aldana betting preview with odds and best bets for a women’s bantamweight encounter with a lot riding on it.

I’ll catch up with you soon. Enjoy the fights!

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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