Nassourdine Imavov’s Controversial TKO Over Jared Cannonier Sparks Debate at UFC Fight Night Louisville

Just when you thought UFC fights were about testing limits, referee Jason Herzog decided he’d seen enough and played the hero, swooping in to save Jared Cannonier from the terrifying barrage of Nassourdine Imavov. Honestly, who needs a full fight when you can have a drama-packed snippet?

There we were in the fourth round at the KFC Yum! Center, Cannonier was clearly practicing his balancing act against the fence after a couple of Imavov’s love taps (read: smashing right hands), and then—plot twist—the ref calls it! TKO for Imavov! Because why let a fighter keep fighting when he’s only on his feet and defending himself?

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Imavov, now sitting prettier with a 14-4 record, seems to be skipping the usual post-fight exhaustion, already shouting out a challenge to Sean Strickland for a Paris tango. As for Cannonier, props to him for at least trying to set the tone with those heavy hands before Imavov decided he had other plans.

Highlight Reel of the Night:

  • Round 1: Cannonier storms out, throws everything but the kitchen sink, scores a takedown, and gets a stern look from the ref for nearly poking Imavov’s eyes out. Fun start!
  • Round 2: Cannonier, the elder fight-statesman, sticks Imavov to the fence like a notice board, showing the kids how it’s done.
  • Round 3: After a pep talk from his corner, Cannonier tries not to be such an easy target, possibly snatching the round with that cleaner punching exhibition.

And so, as the dust settles, the fans are left to debate: was it a fight-saving intervention or just an eager ref jumping the gun?

UFC Louisville Results

  • 185 lbs.: Nassourdine Imavov rocked Jared Cannonier with a TKO via punches in round 4, putting an end to it at 1:34.
  • 205 lbs.: Dominick Reyes took a knee to Dustin Jacoby, securing a KO victory early in the first round at 2:00. Quick and clean!
  • 135 lbs.: Raul Rosas Jr. showcased his ground game, snagging a submission victory over Ricky Turcios with a rear naked choke in the second round at 2:22.
  • 185 lbs.: Brunno Ferreira delivered a spinning back elbow that Dustin Stoltzfus probably didn’t see coming, ending the fight by KO at 4:51 of round 1.
  • 185 lbs.: Julian Marquez fell victim to Zachary Reese’s uppercut followed by ground strikes, getting TKO’d in just 20 seconds of the first round.
  • 170 lbs.: Punahele Soriano went the distance against Miguel Baeza, walking away with a unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-27). Judges were definitely kept busy!
  • 155 lbs.: In a tactical battle, Ludovit Klein earned a unanimous decision over Thiago Moises with scores all squared at 30-27.
  • 170 lbs.: Carlos Prates delivered a devastating knee to the body of Charles Radtke, claiming a knockout victory in the first round at 4:47.
  • 135 lbs.: Brad Katona outmaneuvered Jesse Butler, capturing a unanimous decision with the judges favoring him (30-26, 30-27, 30-27).
  • 125 lbs.: In a closely contested bout, Montana De La Rosa edged out Andrea Lee by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28). Who said every fight has to be a knockout?
  • 135 lbs.: Daniel Marcos maintained control against John Castaneda, securing a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
  • 115 lbs.: Denise Gomes took a decision win over Eduarda Moura, with scores of 29-28 and 30-27 twice.
  • 135 lbs.: Taylor Lapilus worked his way to a unanimous decision against Cody Stamann, with all judges agreeing on 30-27.
  • 115 lbs.: Puja Tomar won a split decision against Rayanne Dos Santos, proving that the judges still can’t agree on everything (30-27, 27-30, 29-28).