Sergei Pavlovich was expected to be the backup fighter for the UFC 295 centerpiece, however after Stipe Miocic withdrew from the match due to injury, Pavlovich’s challenger, Tom Aspinall, revealed no interest in facing him. As an outcome, an interim heavyweight title bout was reserved in between Pavlovich and Aspinall. Aspinall is presently preferred to win the fight, with odds of -140, while Pavlovich is the underdog with odds of +120. This is since Aspinall is viewed as a more well-rounded fighter, with the capability to master both striking and grappling, whereas Pavlovich’s abilities in the grappling department have actually been questioned.
Pavlovich has actually had an effective run in the UFC, with a 6-fight win streak, all of which were first-round knockouts or TKOs. He has actually beat challengers such as Marcelo Golm, Maurice Greene, Shamil Abdurakhimov, Derrick Lewis, Tai Tuivasa, and Curtis Blaydes. However, his only loss in the UFC came at the hands of Alistair Overeem, where his lack of experience as a grappler was exposed.
Although Pavlovich has actually most likely enhanced ever since, particularly after training with Daniel Cormier, it stays to be seen if he has actually resolved his weak points in the grappling department. Aspinall, on the other hand, is thought about a more flexible fighter and is anticipated to have the benefit in the fight.