UFC London: Sergei Pavlovich Gets Another First Round Stoppage, TKOs Abdurakhimov

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Shamil Abdurakhimov and Sergei Pavlovich, UFC London
Shamil Abdurakhimov and Sergei Pavlovich, UFC London ceremonial Weigh-In Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Heavyweight action on the UFC London preliminary card saw an all-Russian showdown between Shamil Abdurakhimov and Sergei Pavlovich unfold.

With 26 finishes between them, the chances of a stoppage in Abdurakhimov vs. Pavlovich were high.

The heavyweights did not disappoint.

After a touch of gloves, both hulking heavyweights took the center of the octagon. Two low kicks from Abdurakhimov missed. Both fighters exchanged hooks, but neither landed. A jab from Pavlovich did land. Pavlovich connected with a hook and a knee that hurt Abdurakhimov in a wild exchange. Abdurakhimov landed a right hand thirty seconds later.

As the round progressed, Pavlovich landed a right hand that dropped Abdurakhimov and immediately pounced on him. Pavlovich landed some ground and pound, and the referee halted the action. Abdurakhimov contested the stoppage afterward, suggesting he was still in the fight.

It was an impressive return to action for Pavlovich, who had been out of action for twenty-eight months. The Russian fighter is now on a three-fight win streak and reminded the entire division that he is one formidable heavyweight — with three straight finishes.

For Abdurakhimov, that is three straight knockouts. He could find himself outside of the UFC for his next outing.

Sergei Pavlovich def. Shamil Abdurakhimov via TKO (punches) Round 1, 4:03

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