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Sergei Pavlovich will wait for Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic winner | UFC Vegas 71

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Sergei Pavlovich will wait for his title shot.

Pavlovich picked up another impressive first round knockout win last night (Sat., April 22, 2023), finishing Curtis Blaydes with punches at UFC Vegas 71 inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch highlights). The Blaydes knockout marked Pavlovich’s sixth in a row, which is a record in modern UFC history, and is currently tied with Don Fry for the most consecutive knockouts in company history.

The Russian fighter also picked up a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his knockout.

The fight between Pavlovich and Blaydes was seen by most people as a No. 1 contender fight for UFC’s Heavyweight championship, which will hopefully be defended by Jon Jones later this year against Stipe Miocic.

When asked how long the 30-year-old Russian is willing to wait for a shot at the title, he made it pretty clear.

“I’ll rest. I’ll eat. I’ll sleep. I’ll rest some more. I’ll wait,” Pavlovich said through a translator during UFC Vegas 71’s post-fight press conference.

Indeed, if the knockout artist intends on waiting, he won’t be fighting for another year, as Jones vs. Miocic is currently being planned for November at Madison Square Garden (hopefully).

I guess he’ll be eating, sleeping and resting ... a lot.

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