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UFC Vegas 67 poster released featuring new Sean Strickland vs. Nassourdine Imavov main event

UFC Fight Night: Cannonier v Strickland Weigh-in
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Sean Strickland finds himself front and center on a UFC poster again much sooner than anyone could have expected.

The middleweight contender headlines UFC Vegas 67 this Saturday after stepping in on less than a week’s notice to replace Kelvin Gastelum vs. Nassourdine Imavov. That makes it back-to-back main events for Strickland, who closed out 2022 with a split decision loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC Vegas 66 on Dec. 17, which also took place at UFC APEX.

On Wednesday, a new poster for the promotion’s first event of 2023 was released.

Strickland is currently tied for No. 11 at middleweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings, with Imavov a few spots behind at No. 14.

Gastelum was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering an injury to his mouth. He shared video of the surgery required to address the injury shortly after news broke that he would not be competing on Saturday.

With his quick turnaround, Strickland becomes the first fighter to headline consecutive UFC events since Tito Ortiz did so in 2001 with UFC 32 and UFC 33 (it should be noted that there was a three-month gap between those events compared to one month between UFC Vegas 66 and UFC Vegas 67).

In 2020, Deiveson Figueiredo headlined UFC pay-per-views in consecutive months with flyweight title fights at UFC 255 and UFC 256, though there were a pair of fight night events in between.

With a new opponent set to stand across from him, Imavov looks to build on a three-fight win streak. Most recently, Imavov defeated Joaquin Buckley by unanimous decision at UFC Paris.

See the updated UFC Vegas 67 lineup below.

Main Card (ESPN+, 7 p.m. ET)

Sean Strickland vs. Nassourdine Imavov

Dan Ige vs. Damon Jackson

Punahele Soriano vs. Roman Kopylov

Ketlen Vieira vs. Raquel Pennington

Umar Nurmagomedov vs. Raoni Barcelos

Preliminaries (ESPN+, 4 p.m. ET)

Claudio Ribeiro vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan

Mateusz Rebecki vs. Nick Fiore

Javid Basharat vs. Mateus Mendonca

Allan Nascimento vs. Carlos Hernandez

Daniel Argueta vs. Nick Aguirre

Charles Johnson vs. Jimmy Flick

Priscila Cachoeira vs. Sijara Eubanks

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