Russian Sergei Pavlovich contests for the Interim UFC heavyweight title with English fighter Tom Aspinall in the co-main event of UFC 295 at Madison Square Garden, New York. Sergei Pavlovich, the number two ranked UFC heavyweight, has struck down all opposition in his chase for heavyweight gold. Against number four-ranked Tom Aspinall, Pavlovich will face a steep challenge as the heavyweight division repositions following the injury to Jon Jones.
MMA: UFC Heavyweight Interim championship
Venue: Madison Square Garden, NY
Where to watch: PPV
Date: 12.11.2023. 07.45
The streaking Russian has terrorized the division in the last several years with six first-round finishes. Over thirteen months, the 31-year-old has dispatched notable heavyweights like Curtis Blaydes, Tai Tuivasa, and Derrick Lewis inside the first round. The Orlovsky, Rostov Oblast-born former FNG heavyweight champion, has one defeat in nineteen fights - a 2018 TKO setback against Alistair Overeem. Pavlovich is a man mountain with arguably the longest reach in MMA at 84 inches.
Tale of the Tape
- Age: 31
- Height: 6’ 3”
- Reach: 84”
- Record: 18-1
When it comes to knockout power, I first discovered this on the street when I was younger. I would hit someone, and they would go down, and I would realize that I possess a certain type of power in my hands. But I always respected it. Even through my amateur career and everything, I would work hard to sharpen my skills and stay disciplined. It was never power to knock people out, and it was skill. So I had to add skills to the power.
Fifteen seconds into his sixth fight in the UFC, Tom Aspinall hurt his knee against Curtis Blaydes in July 2022, losing the bout by TKO. One year later, the Englishman returned from an injury layoff to TKO Marcin Tybura. The 30-year-old debuted in the UFC in 2020 and has been a stand-out performer in the division with his boxing, wrestling, and grappling skills.
Tale of the Tape
- Age: 30
- Height: 6’ 5”
- Reach: 78”
- Record: 13-3
Tom is a great fighter. He’s a very good fighter, he’s good at his stand-up and his ground, so I respect that, I respect his power. The fact is, I’m not going to talk for myself. People have to assess my skills and level of fighting, so there’s not too much to talk about. On Saturday, we’re going to fight; the octagon will close behind us, and we’ll see.
Betwinner can’t separate the fighters, with both priced equally at 1.9 in early odds. Betwinner also lists total over 1.5 at 2.36 odds. 1XBET prices over 2.5 at 4.65 odds and fight to go the distance at 7.75 odds. On Bet365, Tom Aspinall is a slight favorite at 1.80 odds, with the Briton to win by KO or TKO at 2.87 odds.