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Sean Strickland and Nassourdine Imavov are gearing up to face off in UFC Fight Night 217. The light heavyweight bout will take place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday (July 14) and stream live on ESPN+.
Strickland was announced as a replacement for Kelvin Gastelum days before UFC 67. Gastelum was forced to withdraw due to a mouth injury.
“I’m extremely disappointed to say the least. This is not how I wanted to start 2023,” Gastelum tweeted on Monday (Jan. 9). “I worked my ass off & battled through a lot of [adversity] and was ready to put on a hell of a show this weekend. I apologize to Imavov and his camp, as well as @ufc and all the fans.”
Keep reading for fight details and directions on how to watch.
UFC Fight Night: How to Watch Strickland vs. Imavov
The Strickland vs. Imavov UFC bout streams exclusively on ESPN+. Live coverage begins Friday with UFC Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Strickland vs. Imavov airing at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2 and UFC Fight Night Pre-Show presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Strickland vs. Imavov at 6:05 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
Saturday’s main card event, featuring Strickland and Imavov on the main card and Dan Ige. vs. Damon Jackson on the co-main card, is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Prelims start at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT.
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