Sergei Pavlovich Emerges Victorious in UFC Fight Night 222

The UFC Fight Night 222 event took place at the UFC's Apex, with heavyweights Sergei Pavlovich and Curtis Blaydes leading the charge as top 5 challengers in the heavyweight category.

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Sergei Pavlovich Emerges Victorious in UFC Fight Night 222

The UFC Fight Night 222 event took place at the UFC's Apex, with heavyweights Sergei Pavlovich and Curtis Blaydes leading the charge as top 5 challengers in the heavyweight category. Pavlovich entered the match ranked third, while Blaydes started from the fourth position.

In the end, Pavlovich emerged victorious with a knockout in the first round, cementing his position in the rankings.

Sergei Pavlovich Dominates in the First Round

The first round proved to be crucial, with Pavlovich searching for another knockout and Blaydes engaging in dangerous open exchanges.

After just two minutes, Pavlovich landed a solid right hand that sent Blaydes to the ground. Despite getting up quickly, Blaydes was no match for Pavlovich and was eventually finished with a series of punches from the top position, prompting the referee to stop the match.

According to many, Blaydes is one of the best heavyweight wrestlers but attempted to match Pavlovich in striking. This proved to be a tactical mistake, as he was unable to keep up with Pavlovich's offensive prowess. Blaydes will have to rebuild his way back to a title shot, but has the potential to become a top contender with one more win.

As for Pavlovich, he has been on a fantastic winning streak since his loss to Alistair Overeem in his UFC debut, recording his sixth consecutive win by first-round knockout. Pavlovich's impressive performance has earned him the right to wait for his shot at the title.

Bruno Silva Bounces Back with a Knockout

In the co-headlining fight of the night, Bruno Silva defeated Brad Tavares with a knockout. Tavares started the match well, controlling the distance and landing combinations, but after Silva hit him hard for the first time, Tavares was badly shaken and the referee made an emergency stop.

Silva's win was well-deserved and puts him back in the win column after a surprise loss to Gerald Meerschaert. The match between Bobby Green and Jared Gordon initially ended in a knockout, but was changed to a "no contest" after Green headbutted Gordon in the face.

In another match, Iasmin Lucindo defeated Brogan Walker Sanchez by unanimous decision, while Jeremiah Wells defeated Matthew Semelsberger in a split decision. In the preliminary part of the event, Montel Jackson, Christos Giagos, Brady Hiestand, and Muhammad Usman all recorded wins by knockout or unanimous decision.

The event was a thrilling display of mixed martial arts, with several unforgettable moments that will be talked about for some time to come.

UFC Fight Night 222 - event results:

The main part of the show:

  • Sergei Pavlovich def.

    Curtis Blaydes via KO - R1, 3:08

  • Bruno Silva def. Brad Tavares via KO - R1, 3:35
  • Bobby Green vs. Jared Gordon - ended in a ``no contest'' after a clash of heads in the first round
  • Iasmin Lucindo def. Brogan Walker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jeremiah Wells def.

    Matthew Semelsberger via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Preliminary part of the show:
  • Christos Giagos def. Ricky Glenn via KO - R1, 1:35
  • Montel Jackson def. Rani Yahya via KO (punches) - R1, 3:42
  • Norma Dumont def.

    Karol Rosa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

  • Mohammed Usman def. Junior Tafa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • William Gomis def. Francis Marshall via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Brady Hiestand def. Batgerel Danaa via TKO - R3, 4:21

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