When Curtis Blaydes and Sergei Pavlovich made their way to the octagon, fight fans expected to witness the crowning of the next heavyweight contender.
Blaydes looked to extend his win streak to four straight, which included stoppage wins over Tom Aspinall and Chris Daukaus, as well a dominant decision over Jairzinho Rozenstruik.
For Pavlovich, he hoped to pick up his sixth straight win inside the octagon. Entering his contest against Blaydes, the Russian had rattled off first-round knockouts over Tai Tuivasa, Derrick Lewis, Shamil Abdurakhimov, Maurice Greene, and Marcelo Golm.
Right out of the gate, both men started chucking and landing bombs. With chaos erupting, it was Pavlovich’s hellacious right uppercut that put Blaydes down for the count. Check how Pavlovich’s fellow fighters reacted to his violent victory inside the UFC APEX below.
Sergei Pavlovich out here eating frfr. #UFCVegas71— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 23, 2023
Power bombs in those hands #ufc— Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) April 23, 2023
Man how can u be that big and that fast and that accurate— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) April 23, 2023
Wow this guys is for real for real wow #UFCVegas71— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) April 23, 2023
Gah damn. He’s scary ! #UFCVegas71— Casey Oneill (@kingcaseymma) April 23, 2023
I’m calling it. Sergei beats Jon Jones.— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) April 23, 2023
Pavlovich is the real deal. He is ready for that title! #UFCVegas71— Cody Durden (@Cody_Durden) April 23, 2023
Damn, the power of Sergei #UFCVegas71— Jared Vanderaa (@Jaredvanderaa) April 23, 2023
I’d watch Jon Jones v Sergei Pavlovich. Could be interesting on the feet . But on the ground Jones is just different ! #UFC— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) April 23, 2023