Las Vegas, NV — Following a long, hard training camp, UFC Vegas 59 heavyweight Sergey Spivac was happy with the outcome of his fight against Augusto Sakai.
Spivac (15-3) relied on his grappling, particularly trips and throws, to wear on Sakai until finishing the Brazilian off with ground and pound in round two. The win improved “The Polar Bear” to 5-1 in his last six fights.
“It’s very important for me to be the winner. Today was my day,” Spivac told Cageside Press and other media outlets following the fight. “I want to wish Augusto all the best. I want to say I’m here not [as a] trash talker. I’m a simple guy, and I wish just for the best for my opponents. And that’s it. Because I know, these guys have families, have children, and I need to be respectful.”
The Moldovan fighter was confident he would dominate coming into the fight. “Yes, because I know, I tell you guys, I have a very very good training camp,” he explained. “My sparring was like fights. After this sparring, I go home, my body hurt. I was ready. And now, I feel I need to fight with top ten guys, because I feel I can beat these guys. I need just a good training camp. If I have a good training camp, I’m ready for everything.”
Spivac made the trip to Las Vegas for his most recent fight camp, something he said was very important. “Here, there’s very good gyms. You know who trains here— good fighters.” Though he has no plan to make the move full time, Spivac had the chance to work with fighters including Ilir Latfi, Ronny Markes, and Marcelo Golm.
“Every day was very, very hard work and every day will be better, better, better,” said Spivac, who wants to return at the end of the year.
“December. December is a good date for me. I want to go home now to rest a little bit, and come back to do a hard training camp.”
Watch the full UFC Vegas 59 post-fight press conference with Sergey Spivac above.