A hot prospect from Sanford MMA gym fighting out of the UFC welterweight division will feature in this week’s UFC in Vegas 37 preliminary card, and this Florida native isn’t receiving much action at the oddsmakers. Read on for our complete betting guide taking a first look at our hot prospect of the week, Impa Kasanganay, and his challenger Carlston Harris, including updated odds and our free expert UFC betting picks.
Impa Kasanganay vs. Carlston Harris
UFC Welterweight Bout
Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 10:05 PM EDT at the UFC Apex Center
UFC Hot Prospect: Impa Kasanganay (9-1-0)
Our hot prospect of the week is the American born of Congolese descent, Impa Kasanganay. And, despite his most memorable career moment being a viral knockout loss to Joaquin Buckley, the impressive skillset and fast evolution of Kasanganay cannot be denied. Having only competed as a professional martial artist for just four years, Impa has evolved in the sport so rapidly that you'd never guess the lack of experience he owns.
A notable athletic ability stems from Impa's college football years; he began MMA in light of learning that NFL players regularly train in martial arts, which subsequently turned his full desire into fighting. For Impa's lack of experience, an intelligent and composed manner inside the octagon makes up for it. A wise fighting IQ is complemented by his impressive educational background, having several degrees in the field of accounting, finance, and business.
A physical specimen training at one of the country's greatest MMA gyms in Sanford puts this hot prospect as one to watch. His short career hasn't stopped a fast progression; making his way through Dana White Contender Series straight into his debut UFC bout within eleven days is an example that this 27-year-old is highly touted.
Impa Kasanganay Fighter Analysis
It's a shame that Impa Kasanganay is often mentioned because of his lone professional career loss. Still, when taking a deeper dive into the fight in question – Impa was winning the contest up until the eventual knockout. The fight game shows no love, but that didn't stop him from returning and securing a round-two rear-naked choke victory.
This submission win over Palatnikov was a chance for Impa to display his grappling ability; his gameplans have been noticeably precise where we should credit his gym and trainers. Impa is now 2-1 in the UFC with a 9-1 record overall. We have to mention his short four-year professional career again because the ceiling for Impa is exceptionally high. Now training at the highest level with Samford MMA, his all-around skillset is being perfected alongside a plethora of talent.
UFC in Vegas 37 Hot Prospect Betting Pick
Impa will face stiff competition at the Apex Center; Carlston Harris will be the toughest grappler that he's met during his career. Opposite to his previous fight, he'll want to avoid grappling exchanges and work Harris in striking exchanges. Harris will be looking for a clinch, body lock, or some form of takedown offense. Without this approach succeeding, he's going to struggle against Impa's striking, and it isn't easy relying on a fighter who's shown one-dimensional attributes.
Now, I must note that Buckley utilized a body lock takedown against Impa during their bout – a takedown attempt that Harris is very accustomed to; however, I believe the Sanford MMA team will have conjured up the perfect blueprint to defeat Harris. With that said, the betting public is putting their faith behind Carlston Harris, and I can't entirely agree. Impa opened as a -150 favorite, and his UFC odds can now be found at -117; the action is coming in on Harris to give Impa bettors a more excellent price – thank you, we'll take it.
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UFC IN VEGAS 37 MAIN CARD and ODDS
- Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann [UFC light heavyweight main event bout]
- Ion Cutelaba vs. Devin Clark [UFC light heavyweight co-main event bout]
- Mandy Bohm vs. Ariane Lipski [UFC women's flyweight bout]
- Christos Giagos vs. Arman Tsarukyan [UFC lightweight bout]
- Nathan Maness vs. Tony Gravely [UFC bantamweight bout]
- Joaquin Buckley vs. Antonio Arroyo [UFC middleweight bout]