Sergei Pavlovich is an undefeated (12-0) heavyweight out of Russia who has dominated each of his opponents to date. He is also a man who will find himself in the co-main event of tomorrow’s UFC Beijing event. If you feel bad for not knowing who such a fighter is, don’t bee too hard on yourself. As it turns out, Pavlovich’s opponent, top heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem had no clue who he was, either, and had to resort to Googling him to find out (transcript via MMAJunkie):
“It’s his debut fight in the UFC and he’s an unknown, unfamiliar name to me, so I kind of had to Google and see what that was all about,” Overeem said in an interview with UFC.com. “He’s undefeated, so his motivation is going to be there. He’s a young stud. But against those type of guys I always say, ‘Yes.’ The fans can look forward to a very action-packed fight.”
But Alistair Overeem will not be entering the cage just with a mindset of entertaining. He is well aware how badly he needs a win right now, as someone who has lost two straight:
“I’m one of the veterans now and I think my resume is kind of special,” Overeem said. “I’ve been fighting forever, it seems. 88 fights all together with the K-1 and PRIDE and the different organizations. It’s make it or break it for me. Either I annihilate or I get annihilated. Mostly I’m the one doing the annihilating. But we’re back to annihilate some more.”
And as you might imagine, Overeem’s prediction favors himself, holding that he will be the annihilator and not the annihilated:
“I will finish this,” Overeem said. “It’s not going to go the distance. It’s going to be a finish.”
What is your prediction for Alistair Overeem vs. Sergei Pavlovich at UFC Beijing?