Russian martial arts fans will be turning their attention to Las Vegas over the weekend. The next tournament of the Fight Night series’ Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be held here. In the main event of the evening, heavyweight Sergei Pavlovich will try to get his sixth consecutive win and will have a chance to fight for the title.
UFC Fight Night 222
When: Saturday late evening;
Where: AREX Arena, Las Vegas (USA);
Start of the tournament: 23:00 Moscow time (mainboard starts at two in the morning);
Broadcasting: UFC Fight Pass / General TV.
Little-known Sergey Pavlovich, with zero in the “defeat” column, made his debut at the UFC in November 2018 and immediately fell under a bulldozer. Former champion of the organization, Alistair Overeem, hostilely “greeted” a native from the Rostov region in China and scored a technical knockout at the end of the first round.
Who would have imagined that after an evening like this, Sergey would have a five-game winning streak by knockouts in the first rounds and be in the top 3 of the heavyweight division? Marcelo Golm and Maurice Green, Shamil Abdurahimov, Russia challenger Derrick Lewis and the fantastic fan-favourite Tai Tuivas. Not all of them survived in a cage with Pavlovich, even before the break.
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This is not the first time that Sergey’s rival has led the show. Curtis Blaydes is the favorite for the upcoming main event. All thanks to wrestling base Razor (the American’s nickname). The 25-minute race could pose a lot of problems for drummer Pavlovich. Like the Russian, the veteran heavyweight is on a winning streak. After a deafening knockout from Lewis, the Blades won three fights in a row.
“I trained with Overeem while preparing for Pavlovich. I helped him and I know exactly what level Alistair was grappling with at the time. I saw what he was doing with Pavlovich – flipped and scored. But I’m a much stronger gripper.” The Blades’ MMA His watch analyzed his struggle.
There is also a wake-up call for fans from Russia. Curtis has fought our athletes three times in his career and has always won out of the cage. He defeated Alexei Oleinik (doctor stop) in 2017, Shamil Abdurakhimov in 2019, and Alexander Volkov a year later. I would like to believe that before the American throws himself at his feet, Sergey will not repeat his ways and complete the war.
proportions: 2.2 for Pavlovich and 1.8 for Knives.
In an interview with UFC Russia, the reigning champion of promotion, Jon Jones, spoke highly of the heavyweight. In March, Pavlovich secured the title fight against the Frenchman Cyril Gan. The media immediately began to talk about a possible fight between a Russian and an American star.
Regardless of weight categories (Р4Р), Pavlovich said, “I think Sergey will be a formidable opponent. He shows himself well, has devastating knockout power, boxing well. I wish him luck,” Pavlovich said.
However, it is unlikely that their paths will cross. Jones announced on social networks the other day that his fight against Stipe Miocic will be the last fight in his career. In this scenario, Pavlovich, in the event of a victory over the Blades, will either take a fight for the vacant belt (John’s victory) or become the next opponent of the UFC’s main firefighter (Miocic’s success).
Best of all, there are no options! Jones moved to Ghana and became the UFC champion again.
UFC Fight Night 222 full card
Sergey Pavlovich – Curtis Knives;
Song Yadong – Ricky Simon
Brad Tavares – Bruno Silva
Bobby Green – Jarad Gordon
Yasmine Lucindo – Brogan Walker
Jeremiah Wells – Matthew Semelsberger.
Rick Glenn – Christos Giagos
Reni Yaya – Montel Jackson
Carol Rosa – Norma Dumont Viana
Mohammed Osman – Little Tafa
Francis Marshall-William Gomis
Priscila Cachoeira – Karine Silva;
Brandi Highstand – Dana Batgerel.
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