UFC 273 will feature a middleweight fight between Kelvin Gastelum and Nassourdine Imavov on April 9, sources told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Gastelum, the No. 10-ranked middleweight, is currently on a two-fight losing streak after being defeated by Robert Whittaker in April and Jared Cannonier in August via unanimous decision. Gastelum has won just one of his last six fights.
Meanwhile, Imavov beat his last two opponents, including Edmen Shahbazyan by TKO in November. The 26-year-old is 3-1 since making his UFC debut in October 2020.
The UFC has yet to officially announce the UFC 273 card, but two title fights are reportedly expected to highlight the must-watch event. Alexander Volkanovski’s featherweight title defense against Chan Sung Jung is likely to headline the main event, while the rematch between bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and interim champ Petr Yan will serve as co-feature.