Sergei Pavlovich pulled off an incredible knockout victory over Tai Tuivasa at UFC Orlando. The MMA community was thrilled by the performance and expressed their appreciation for the Russian heavyweight contender.
As was evident from his approach from the very first sequence of the fight, Pavlovich came into the fight with violent intentions. The No.5-ranked heavyweight contender pressed the action from the get-go and did not allow Tuivasa to get into his rhythm.
As soon as Sergei Pavlovich smelled blood, he stormed in for the finish and suffocated his opponent with a barrage of powerful punches. The fight came to an end at the 0:54 mark of the very first round.
Several UFC fighters took to Twitter to react to the spectacular victory. Tuivasa’s former rival Ciryl Gane, who snapped his five-fight win streak at UFC Paris in September earlier this year, posted a tweet to cheer up his former rival while also giving props to Pavlovich:
“Keep your head up my guy Tai Tuivasa And Pavlovich… you’re the REAL DEAL…!”
Check out the tweet below:
Belal Muhammad went as far as to claim that he fancies Sergei Pavlovich’s chances against heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury:
“This guy beats Tyson fury in boxing.”
Gilbert Burns, on the other hand, was evidently gutted for Tuivasa:
“Wow! Why this guy did Tuivasa like that?”
Elsewhere, Canadian heavyweight contender Tanner Boser made the case for Pavlovich against UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou:
“F**k it. Pavlovich vs Ngannou. I want to see it.”
Check out some of the best fighter reactions below:
Sergei Pavlovich reacts to tying Islam Makhachev for an elite UFC record
Sergei Pavlovich extended his active knockout streak in the UFC to five and solidified his position as a serious contender in the heavyweight division with a victory over Tai Tuivasa at UFC Orlando.
Additionally, the Russian has now tied Islam Makhachev and Jalin Turner for the longest active finishing streak in the UFC with five victories in a row.
Reacting to tying the UFC lightweight champion for the distinguished honor in the post-fight media scrum, Pavlovich stated:
“It’s great to get even out or start setting new records.”
Reacting to the fight, Pavlovich claimed that he trained extensively for three rounds and expected solid resistance from Tuivasa:
“We were preparing for all three rounds of cold war and I always say that you can never expect a knockout.You get prepared for a fight and come what may.”
Check out the post-fight media scrum below: