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Unhinged Strickland defends middleweight title against unexpected challenger

Unhinged Strickland defends his standing among the middleweight elite against unexpected challenger Abus Magomedov. Get the latest analysis and predictions for UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Magomedov.

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Event UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Magomedov
Location UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada
Main Event Sean Strickland defends his middleweight title against Abus Magomedov
Strickland’s Personality Unhinged and known for in-cage trash talk
Magomedov’s Main Event Thrust into an unlikely main event in just his second UFC fight
Prospect Development Damir Ismagulov, Grant Dawson, Michael Morales, and Ismael Bonfim are promising prospects

An unexpected middleweight fight headlines the UFC Apex. Sean Strickland defends his standing among the middleweight elite against a fighter few anticipated to see in the marquee, Abus Magomedov. Strickland vs. Magomedov headlines UFC Fight Night from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Strickland’s Unhinged Personality

Strickland (26-5) has emerged as one of the most unhinged personalities in the UFC between his in-cage trash talk and questionable quotes circulating online. A middleweight contender ready to fight at anytime, Strickland (No. 7) accommodated the UFC’s request to fight an opponent not recognized by the UFC’s official middleweight rankings. Strickland is many things, but he is not dismissive of the challenge his unheralded opponent presents. ‘Just because this guy might be the best against this guy, and this guy might beat that guy, doesn’t mean a low-ranked guy can’t beat him,’ Strickland told CBS Sports. ‘Every single person you fight, it’s different. You have to fight differently, you have to do everything differently. When you’re talking about top 10 or top 15, it’s about how that style works.’

Magomedov’s Unlikely Main Event

Magomedov (25-4-1) finds himself thrust into an unlikely main event in just his second UFC fight. The 13-year mixed martial arts veteran debuted with UFC last year in Paris. He made a thunderous introduction with a 19-second front-kick knockout of Dustin Stoltzfus. Despite Magomedov’s wealth of experience, odds are he hasn’t faced someone with Strickland’s unique appetite for trash talk. Magomedov cautions Strickland against being too animated on Fight Night. ‘My advice for Strickland is he has to be quiet, he has to take care of himself and take care of his survival,’ Magomedov told CBS Sports. ‘If he wants to talk, we can talk after the fight. But in the fight, we have to fight. It’s not a talk show.’

Prospect Development

What Saturday’s card lacks in name power it tries to make up for in prospect development. Damir Ismagulov and Grant Dawson are two tremendous candidates bubbling in the bottom third of the UFC’s official top 15. Undefeated 14-0 fighter Michael Morales takes on tough-nosed veteran Max Griffin, and Ismael Bonfim looks to build on his 2023 KO of the Year candidate against Terrance McKinney.

Fight Card

Below is the rest of the fight card for Saturday night with the latest odds from Caesars Sportsbook before we get to a prediction and pick on the main event.

Fight Odds
Sean Strickland vs. Abus Magomedov Strickland -150, Magomedov +125
Damir Ismagulov vs. Grant Dawson Ismagulov -110, Dawson -110
Michael Morales vs. Max Griffin Morales -250, Griffin +205
Melissa Gato vs. Ariane Lipski Gato -230, Lipski +190
Ismael Bonfin vs. Benoit Saint-Denis Bonfin -330, Saint-Denis +260
Nursultan Ruziboev vs. Brunno Ferreira Ruziboev -220, Ferreira +180


In conclusion, Strickland and Magomedov are set to clash in an unexpected middleweight fight. Strickland’s unhinged personality and Magomedov’s unlikely main event status add intrigue to the matchup. The fight card also features exciting prospects and promising matchups. It will be interesting to see how the night unfolds and if any upsets occur.