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13. Nassourdine Imaov Vs. Phil Hawes - UFC Fight Island 7

There was a point in time where Phil Hawes was one of the most talked about prospects in MMA. With his raw athleticism, prodigious like ability to learn techniques and killer instinct, he looked like a potential world beater.

It's taken a little bit longer for the 32-year oldto make the impact many expected from him. However, after he exhibited his vicious knockout power against Jacob Malkoun at UFC 254, it became clear that the Phil Hawes was legit.

His next opponent, Nassourdine Imavov, won't be an easy outing for him though. The 24-year old Dagestani has a very similar style of fighting to a lot of his country man. He utilises solid striking to help set-up his takedowns. From there, he'll frequently search for submissions or look to land ground and pound.

In less technical terms, he's a very active fighter, which should lead to tasty encounter between these two exciting middleweight prospects.


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