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The UFC looks to return with a bombastic splash of a Fight Night Card. Tai Tuivasa and Sergei Pavlovich clash in the main card tonight. Lightning Locks breaks down the fight.

Tai Tuivasa vs Sergei Pavlovich Prediction, Pick, Odds: Ride this Expert's UFC Fight Night Best Bet

Approaching fast at a startlingly alarming rate, the UFC looks to return with not only a bombastic splash but a fiery vengeance as the entire card is situated with absolute firecracker after firecracker contest to tickle anyone and everyone's carnage-loving, combat sport fancy. The whole ordeal is stacked from top to bottom, but perhaps my favorite bout on the day would have to go to the clash between Tai "Bam Bam" Tuivasa versus Sergei "9 inch Nails" Pavlovich. 

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Tai Tuivasa vs Sergei Pavlovich Start Time and Where to Watch

  • When: Saturday, December 3, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 PM EDT
  • Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
  • Where to watch: ESPN/ESPN+

Tai Tuivasa vs Sergei Pavlovich Odds

Total Rounds: Under 1.5 (-220), Over 1.5 (+180)

Moneyline: Pavlovich (-180), Tuivasa (+185)

Will The Fight Go The Distance: No (-177), Yes (+166)

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Tai Tuivasa vs Sergei Pavlovich Prediction

Fresh off the heels of his main event slobberknocker against the always formidable Ciryl Gane, Tai looks to make a lightning fast turn around and get one more fight in before the year draws to a close, even if it is at the expense of possibly not fighting in Perth, Australia on February 12th. We love the slugger from down under nonetheless, as he embodies everything a modern-day gladiator should be and then some, but he faces his most formidable test yet in the form of Sergei Pavlovich.

Rattling off four consecutive stoppage wins in a row ever since dropping his UFC debut, The Russian Hammer Pavlovich is on a complete and utter rampage, with one more staple victory quite realistically putting him in the upper echelon of the division, as well as maybe even in the title talks some time down the future.

With an absolutely wacky Mr. Fantastic-inspired reach of 84 inches, Sergei will have no problem finding his mark from close to even medium kicking range. While Tai has been on a tear this last year and a half, I think the party gets stopped here abruptly and in a brutal fashion.

Not only is Tuivasa coming back way too early given the damage accumulated just a few months prior, but even at a full healthy camp, I would struggle to give him any clear advantage over Sergei. From the technical ability to the physical gifts, all indications point to Pavlovich absolutely rolling over the barroom brawling, handicapped swinging, Bam Bam Bigelow. 

Give me Sergei Pavlovich, to weather any and all early onslaughts of Tai Tuivasa, patiently choosing his shots until unleashing a dastardly barrage of furious strike combinations that should put down the Aussie for good, all while transpiring in the first four minutes of the opening round.

Tai Tuivasa vs Sergei Pavlovich Pick

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