Sergey Spivak is a famous heavyweight mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The Moldovan-Ukrainian MMA maestro turned pro in 2014 and has been one of the best heavyweight fighters since then. Prior to competing in the UFC, Sergey Spivak also competed in the World Warriors Fighting Championships, Eagles Fighting Championship, N1 Pro Nomad MMA and Real Fight Promotion. Let’s find out more about this awesome fighter.
Sergey Spivak: All You Need to Know
When was Sergey Spivak born?
Sergey Spivak was born on January 24th, 1995 to Ukrainian and Moldovian parents.
When did Sergey Spivak make his professional debut?
Sergey Spivak made his MMA debut during September of 2014 with the Ukrainian promotion Real Fight Promotion. Spivak was just 19 years old at that time. Spivak’s first opponent was Andrey Serebrianikov. Sergey Spivak had a dominant first outing as he ended up winning the fight by TKO at the end of the first round itself.
Spivak continued his dominance in his second fight as well. He competed under the banner of the Ukraine based World Warriors Fighting Championships, at WWFC Ukraine Selection 1. He was a part of the main event where he squared off against Evgeniy Bova. Sergey Sivak wrapped up the fight in the first round by virtue of a kimura. Continuing with the World Warriors Fighting Championships was during WWFC: Ukraine Selection 4, in the main event. His opponent was Yuri Gorbenko. Sergey Spivak continued his string of first round victories, wrapping up the fight with an armbar.
Sergey Spivak then signed with the N1 Pro organization and fought against Dimitriy Mikutsa. Spivak put on another dominant show and wrapped up the fight in the closing moments of the second round with an armbar.
Spivak switched promotions again and joined Eagles Fighting Championship. Spivak faced Artem Cherkov in his first fight for the promotion. He went on to win in the first round with a devastating headkick. He stayed away from fighting for a year after that.
Sergey Spivak: Return to Fighting
After a year-long layoff, Spivak would return to the World Warriors Fighting Championships. His first opponent was Luke Morton, whom he beat by KO. Spivak squared off against MMA veteran Travis Fulton for the vacant WWFC Heavyweight Championship. Spivak went on to win that fight in the first round with a rear naked choke. He successfully defended his title against Croatian Ivo Cuk 10 months later. He prevailed over the Croatian in the first round by virtue of a TKO. His last fight with WWFC was his last title defense, five months after his fight with Cuk, against Tony Lopez. He successfully defended his title by beating Lopez by a neck crank in the closing minutes of the first round.
When did Sergey Spivak make his UFC debut?
Sergey Spivak made his UFC debut during UFC Fight Night 151, against Walt Harris, replacing Aleksei Oleinik. He was 23 years old at that time. His transition into the big league wasn’t a very smooth one. He went on to suffer the first professional loss of his career at the hands of Harris. The more experienced Harris pushed Sergey Spivak up to the cage, dazed him with a left straight and dropped him to the floor with a barrage of knees. After a barrage of grounded strikes, the referee awarded Harris a win, after 50 seconds, by way of TKO.
Sergey Spivak fought for the second time in the UFC five months after his loss to Walt Harris. During UFC 243, Spivak squared off against Tai Tuivasaat. Spivak started the fight in a cautious manner, wary of the massive power wielded by Tuivasa. Spivak was dropped once in the first round by a leg kick. Spivak then began catching Tuivasa’s leg kicks and would eventually succeed in taking the Australian down. Whenever the Australian would return to his feet, Spivak would manage to take him down again. The fight was stopped in the fourth minute of the second round after Spivak took Tuivasa down for the seventh time in the fight. He was able to obtain the mount and after several hard punches and elbows, he was able to obtain an arm triangle choke, earning his first ever UFC victory in the process.
However, Sergey Spivak’s next UFC outing was less successful as he lost via unanimous decision to Marcin Tybura on February 29, 2020, at UFC Fight Night 169. Spivak was expected to face Carlos Felipe on May 9, 2020 at then UFC 250. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, all UFC events were postponed to a future date. The announcement was made by UFC President Dana White on April 9th. Eventually, the bout took place on July 19, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 172. Sergey Spivak emerged victorious via a majority decision. Sergey Spivak’s next fight is scheduled during the UFC Fight Night 179 on October 11th, 2020 against Tom Aspinall.