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ZELIM IMADAEV

AGE

24

RECORD

8-1-0

REACH

76"

HEIGHT

6'0"

WEIGHT

170LB

STANCE

ORTHODOX

CAMP

N/A

HOMETOWN

MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Fighter Highlights

RECENT FIGHTS

LAST FIGHT APRIL 2019 UFC 236 – VS MAX GRIFFIN

RESULT – LOST VIA 3rd RD DECISION (MAJORITY)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Griffin comes out aggressive and immediately connects with a right hand over the top! Imadaev responds with a leg kick. Griffin ducks under takes the body lock and scores the takedown. Imadaev crawls against the fence. The referee stops the fight and takes the point from Imadaev for grabbing the fence. The fight continues in the center. Griffin establishes the jab. Imadaev cracks him with a quick one two! Both fighters are aggressive. Griffin takes the body lock and scores the takedown. 1st min in, Griffin is showing his strength early. Griffin sets up the rear-naked choke! Imadaev is defending well. He is on his knees and working for his way up. Griffin shoots for the neck crank! Imadaev remains calm. Griffin lets the choke go. However, he readjusts the neck crank! Imadaev is displaying good submission defense. Halfway in, Griffin is still committing to a neck crank. Imadaev defends once again and manages to stand up. Griffin separates. Imadaev explodes with a leg kick but eats a counter left. Both fighters are aggressive. Spinning kick to the head partially lands for Imadaev! Griffin lands a right hand and follows with the clinch against the fence. Imadaev reverses the clinch position. Both fighters are using a lot of energy early in the fight. Imadaev is working for a takedown. He takes the back of Griffin but fails to capitalize. 1 min to go, Imadaev is controlling the clinch. Both fighters exchange knees to the body. Imadaev grabs the single leg but Griffin shows great takedown defense. Imadaev separates and lands a two punch combo! 10-9 Griffin

Rd 2 – Imadaev takes the center. He opens the round with a front kick to the body. Imadaev explodes with a wheel kick. Griffin times the kick and takes the body lock. Griffin is looking to drag Imadaev down to the mat. Imadaev is defending well. He reverses the clinch position. They are fighting for the under hooks. Imadaev separates and lands a left hook to the body. He swings the right hand as Griffin level changes for a takedown. Imadaev defends but finds himself in the clinch again. Stiff jab lands for Imadaev. He is very aggressive. It seems that Griffin is saving his Energy. Nice right hand lands for Griffin. He follows with a jab to the body but eats a hard leg kick. Both fighters are exchanging jabs. Griffin is looking more accurate. He moves in for a double leg takedown and gets it! Nice move by Griffin. He has a hard time securing the takedown. Imadaev reverses the clinch position. Halfway in, Imadaev explodes with a spinning elbow. Griffin ducks under and reverses the clinch position. Both fighters are looking strong in the clinch. Imadaev reverses the clinch position. Griffins separate. Again, Imadaev explodes with a spinning elbow and finds himself on the mat. Imadaev finds his way up and he reverses the clinch position. Imadaev separates. He is busy with the jab. Big right hand lands for Imadaev! He is putting strong pressure on Griffin! Griffin initiates the clinch. 1 min to go, Griffin is already looking tired! Imadaev continues with the pressure and lands a nice right hand. Big knee to the body lands for Imadaev! Griffin pushes Imadaev against the fence but he is eating hard knees and uppercuts! Imadaev is on fire! Big right hand lands for Imadaev! 10-9 Imadaev

Rd 3 – Imadaev slowly takes the center. Griffin explodes with the right hand and lands. Imadaev is keeping his distance with the kicks. Both fighters are looking tired. Griffin is moving on the outside. Imadaev is putting pressure on Griffin. Griffin lands a jab to the body. Imadaev counters with a left hand and lands! Imadaev moves in but eats a straight right. Big left hook cracks Griffin! 1st min in, He clinches and explodes with a knee to the head! Griffin is looking exhausted. He has a hard time fighting under the strong pressure. Imadaev lands a couple of right hands. Another right hurts Griffin! Imadaev smells the blood and initiates the clinch. He separates and eats a right hand on the break. Big right hand lands for Imadaev! He is the aggressor and a fresher fighter. Big left hand lands for Imadaev! He is dominating Griffin on the feet. Halfway in, Imadaev establishes the jab. He is outboxing Griffin. Griffin shoots for a single leg takedown but Imadaev manages to stand up. Imadaev secures the clinch against the fence. He level changes for a double leg takedown but Griffin defends. Griffin reverses and puts Imadaev on his knees. He connects with a big knee to the body! Imadaev is back on his feet. Griffin is controlling the clinch. 1 min to go, Imadaev is looking exhausted. This is a high pace fight. He reverses the clinch position but is not offering any offense. Imadaev separates and moves forward. Griffin fires a right hand and lands! Imadaev responds with spinning back fists and hurts Griffin! Imadaev moves in for a kill but eats a hard two punch combo! 10-9 Imadaev

WATCH FIGHT

MARCH 2018 FNG 85 – VS IVAN GLUHAK

RESULT – WON VIA 1st RD KO (PUNCH)

Analysis
Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Both fighters immediately exchange at the beginning of the fight!!! Gluhak starts moving forward and loading the right hand! He steps in with a left hook but eats a hard right hand counter!!! Gluhak goes down!!! Gluhak is knocked out!!!
WATCH FIGHT

SEPTEMBER 2017 FNG 74 – VS YURI IZOTOV

RESULT – WON VIA 1st RD KO (SPINNING BACK ELBOW)

Analysis

Rd 1 – Both fighters are in the orthodox stances. Izotov immediately takes the center and starts walking Imadaev down. He shoots for a takedown against the fence. Imadaev is defending well. Izotov is committed to a takedown. Imadaev is looking for separation. Both fighters are looking strong in the clinch. 1st min in, Izotov is busy with the knees. Imadaev has a hard time separating from the clinch. Imadaev lands a big knee to the body and follows with a right hand! Izotov dives for another takedown but finishes on the bottom after the scramble. Imadaev is in the guard position. Izotov is looking push the hips and stand up. Imadaev is showing strong top control. Halfway in, Imadaev stands up and starts firing nasty leg kicks. The referee stands Izotov up and the fight continues. He immediately clinches once again but Imadaev separates. Imadaev starts walking Izotov down. He explodes with a spinning back elbow and knocks Izotov out cold!!!

WATCH FIGHT

RECORD BREAKDOWN

9 MATCHES 8 WINS 1 LOSSES
KNOCKOUT 8 0
SUBMISSION 0 0
DECISION 0 1
DRAWS
NO CONTEST

 

FIGHTER THINGS TO NOTE

  • Imadaev is the aggressive knockout artist with good wrestling skills.
  • He is the 10th planet in jiu-jitsu.
  • He has made his UFC debut against Max Griffin.
  • Imadaev has good standup skills. Everything he throws has a lot of power behind it and he is very creative with the spinning techniques.
  • However, he has a tendency to telegraph his spinning kicks and punches as seen against Griffin.
  • When he connects with the spinning elbow, his opponents immediately go to sleep as seen against Izotov.
  • Imadaev has a strong clinch game. He is always looking calm and relaxed as seen against Izotov and Griffin.
  • He has good scrambles. He is constantly working and reversing the positions as seen against Izotov.
  • His timing on the counter punches was perfect against Gluhko.
  • Imadaev swings like a mad man during his attacks which leaves him open for a counter as seen against Griffin.
  • Imadaev is a fast starter and he likes to fight at the high pace as seen against Griffin.