As much as we were delighted by the contracting of a very important and intriguing heavyweight UFC fight between Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall, we are now saddened by the news of its cancellation. These two potent and very talented heavyweights were supposed to perform in the title fight of UFC Fight Night 191, which will take place next weekend, on September 4th.
It would have been a great overture for the clash of Darren Till and Derek Brunson in the main fight, but it just wasn’t destined to happen this time. It was supposed to be the first fight for Pavlovich (14-1, 2-1 UFC) since October 2019, when this 29-year-old Russian heavyweight defeated Maurice Green to record his second UFC victory.
The only defeat in his career so far he suffered in 2018 in his UFC debut when Alistair Overeem was awarded to him immediately and little too ambitiously. In the next performances, he proved that such an exam was too difficult for him to begin with, but that his impressive ratio and knockout summary (11 wins by knockout) are not accidental.
The nature of the Russian fighter's injury has not been made public, so it is not known how long he will be out, but it is known that the UFC is already actively looking for a replacement opponent for Aspinall.
It is obvious that they do not want to leave the British heavyweight without performance and thus slow down his way to the top.
Aspinall (10-2, 3-0 UFC) has been impressive in all three UFC appearances so far, especially in the last, when he defeated Andrei Arlovsky by choking in the second round. After that victory, he placed 13th in the heavyweight challenging ladder, but with a tendency to climb quickly to the top.
He is otherwise one of Darren Till’s main training partners and became a member of the UFC last summer. He has achieved all ten victories so far with a stoppage, seven of them in the first round. Prior to the UFC, he fought in BAMMA and Cage Warrior's promotions, a sign that he was faced with elite European competition from the start.
Pavlovich was unlucky this time, and he hopes to recover as soon as possible and return to the ring. It is obvious that Pavlovich is doing well in the UFC for now and that it is a pity that he will not hold the fight, but given his readiness and motivation, we have no doubt that he will return soon and show that he is one of the better fighters.