UFC Vegas 36 Suffers a Blow as Sergei Pavlovich Pulls Out of the Co-Main Event

Published 08/28/2021, 9:06 PM EDT


The ongoing pandemic has meant that the UFC has had to make changes to its fight cards multiple times on short notice. Restrictions in traveling and other issues related to COVID-19 have plagued the promotion for the better part of the year now. Next weekend’s card has not been spared as UFC Vegas 36 has been hit by another fight cancellation. 

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This time around it is the co-main event at UFC Vegas 36 that has been scrapped. Sergei Pavlovich was set to take on Tom Aspinall. Unfortunately, visa issues encountered by Pavlovich mean he will not be able to make it to the fight. The fight card has been plagued with cancelations and this is the 11th known change the promotion has had to make to the event initially set to take place in London. 

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According to recent reports, the promotion is now eyeing Sergey Spivak as a replacement for Pavlovich against Aspinall. 

Tom Aspinall set to take on Sergey Spivak at UFC Vegas 36

Tom Aspinall’s performances have been nothing short of impressive in the UFC. Aspinall made his debut in July 2020 with a T/KO win over Jake Collier. He then followed that up with another T/KO win over Alan Baudot three months later. 

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In his most recent outing, Aspinall secured a submission win over long-time UFC veteran Andrei Arlovski earlier this year. Aspinall, a proven finisher, who has secured 80% of his wins via T/KO, will aim to keep that up this weekend, regardless of who he takes on. 

Spivak, who has been in the UFC since May 2019, is currently on an impressive three-fight win streak. ‘The Polar Bear’ secured wins against the likes of Carlos Felipe and Jared Vanderaa.

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In his most recent outing, he secured a unanimous decision win over Alexey Oleynik. Spivak is extremely dangerous on the ground and has secured close to 50% of his wins via submission. If he fights next weekend, will aim to extend his win streak and end Aspinall’s perfect UFC start. 

What do you make of the potential fight between Spivak and Aspinall? Who do you think takes the win? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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