Sergei Pavlovich


Tabbed as UFC 285 alternate
March 1, 2023
Pavlovich will be on hand at UFC 285 to serve as a potential alternate for Saturday's heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Considering Jones' history of fight-week complications, the UFC is simply creating a backup plan preserve the main event of a high-profile card. It also indicates that Pavlovich might be on the verge of a heavyweight title opportunity himself, even if that shot doesn't materialize this weekend. Meanwhile, his scheduled matchup against Curtis Blaydes on April 22 will presumably move forward as planned should Pavlovich not be needed here. The winner of that matchup would then make an outstanding case for a title shot against the winner of Jones and Gane at UFC 285.
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Facing Blaydes in April
February 22, 2023
Pavlovich will take on Curtis Blaydes at the UFC event on April 22, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Pavlovich and Blaydes are the No. 3 and 4 heavyweights, respectively. Pavlovich is coming off his fifth straight first-round KO win over Tai Tuivasa last December.
Fifth straight first-round KO win
December 3, 2022
Pavlovich defeated Tai Tuivasa via KO (punches) at 0:54 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 42 on Saturday in Orlando.
Well, that was terrifying. Tuivasa is known as one of the toughest and most durable men in the sport, and Pavlovich flattened him in about 30 seconds with a pair of jabs. That's all you need to know about the life-changing power this man possesses. Tai regained his bearings briefly before Sergei emptied the kitchen sink for the stoppage. Quite frankly, referee Dan Miragliotta could have stepped in earlier than he did. The quick win will also earn Pavlovich a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. The competition level he's faced hasn't been great, but Pavlovich has won five-straight fights, all via first-round knockout. The UFC mine as well push the 30-year-old as hard as they can and let the chips fail where they may. The results are impossible to argue with.
Will face Tuivasa in December
October 11, 2022
Pavlovich will take on Tai Tuivasa at UFC Orlando on Dec. 3, Farah Hannoun of reports.
This heavyweight bout will serve as the co-main event. Both these fighters have knockout victories this year of Derrick Lewis. Pavlovich. Pavlovich holds a 16-1 record and Tuivasa has won by knockout in four of his last five fights.
Quickly knocks out Derrick Lewis
July 30, 2022
Pavlovich defeated Derrick Lewis via TKO (punches) at 0:55 of Round 1 at UFC 277 on Saturday in Dallas.
It's the biggest win of Pavlovich's career against by far the most dangerous opponent he has faced to date. All you're going to hear about is whether or not referee Dan Miragliotta's stoppage came too early, but the bottom line is that Pavlovich did his job and put Lewis in a compromising position. Both men fired off some wild shots in the early going, and it was Pavlovich who connected. The Russian's power is obviously devastating, although Lewis' recent struggles with durability certainly didn't help matters any. The main concern regarding Pavlovich at this point is whether or not he possesses the secondary skills to defeat the best the heavyweight division has to offer. He clearly can win a brawl, but can he win another type of fight? We're going to find out, because he's making a push for title-implicating bouts sooner rather than later.
Facing Lewis in July
April 27, 2022
Pavlovich will take on Derrick Lewis at the UFC event July 30, Marc Raimondi of reports.
Pavlovich returned from a two-and-a-half year layoff back in March when he defeated Shamil Abdurakhimov by TKO. That pushed his career record to 15-1 with a dozen of those wins being by knockout. He will have a big test against a veteran in Derrick Lewis hoping to avoid dropping three of four fights.