UFC St. Petersburg Results: Sergey Pavlovich Puts Away Marcelo Golm Early

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Making short work of Brazil’s Marcelo Golm, Russian heavyweight Sergey Pavlovich earned his first UFC win at UFC St. Petersburg on Saturday.

Sergey Pavlovich had an excellent start to his MMA career, going 12-0 with nine knockouts. The Russian won the FNG title in his 11th fight, then was signed by the UFC. He had one of the tougher debuts imaginable, taking on heavyweight legend Alistair Overeem. Overeem stopped him in the first round, and this is Pavlovich’s first fight since.

Marcelo Golm was 5-0 with all five wins coming via KO when he was signed by the UFC. The Brazilian showcased his ground game in his promotional debut with a first-round submission victory. Golm is 0-2 since then, last fighting in October.

Pavlovich and Golm would both land early in what was a battle between two powerful heavyweights. Brazil’s Golm was on the outside, countering, but soon he was retreating. And after a couple of blows connected, he wasn’t just retreating, he was down. On a night that had plenty of finishes, Sergey Pavlovich added another (the fourth knockout of the night to that point). An overhand right followed by a right uppercut finished the job, which was set up by a jab and a volley of hooks.

Sergey Pavlovich def. Marcelo Golm by knockout, Round 1, 1:06