As the main event of UFC Fight Night 222 approaches, Sergei Pavlovich has called on Curtis Blaydes to bring his wrestling game to the fore as they square off on April 22nd, 2023.
Pavlovich, with a record of 16-1 MMA and 5-1 UFC, is known for his ability to knock out his opponents. Meanwhile, Blaydes, with a record of 17-3 MMA and 12-3 UFC, has a strong grappling game.
While that may be the case, Pavlovich appears unfazed by the challenge ahead, so much so that he has urged his opponent to bring his A-game.
“What can I say about it. We’ll have a fight. We’ll see if he can take me down or not,” Pavlovich
In his first UFC fight, Pavlovich’s lack of defensive grappling was exposed, leading to his defeat by TKO in the first round against Alistair Overeem. However, in his next five fights, he managed to win via first-round knockouts.
Should Pavlovich emerge victorious, he would hold the longest six-fight streak among the current heavyweights, positioning himself favorably for a fight against Jon Jones or Stipe Miocic.
Despite Pavlovich’s confidence, the social media response was mixed.
Social Media Reaction
The last time he got taken down. It was a horrific beating from overeem.
— Tony240sx 🧢 (@tonysxo8) April 19, 2023
Dammit Sergei, now he’s really gonna be diving for the legs and holding on for dear life!
— Chrissy Rocks 💎 (@sirchrissy1) April 19, 2023
Sergei round 2 KO. Sets up him vs. Gane? Or maybe Apsinall if he wins his comeback fight in London. Sergei is gonna have to fight again because Jones Vs Stipe won’t take place till November most likely
— Jizz Parker (@jizzparker81) April 19, 2023