Sergey Spivac

Polar Bear

Moldova

Now draws Hardy at UFC 272
HeavyweightUFC
January 19, 2022
Spivac will now take on Greg Hardy at UFC 272 on March 5 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Spivac was originally a late replacement for Aleksei Oleinik in a matchup against Hardy at UFC 270, but then it was Hardy that was forced to withdraw due to a finger injury. Rather than book a new opponent for Spivac, who was already entering on short notice, the UFC elected to push this heavyweight bout back to its March pay-per-view event. Prior to the originally-scheduled January event, Spivac had been estimated as approximately a (-170) betting favorite over Hardy.
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Needs new opponent
HeavyweightUFC
January 14, 2022
Spivac needs a new opponent if he's to remain on the UFC 270 card on Jan. 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Spivac's opponent, Greg Hardy, withdrew with an apparent finger injury Friday. Spivac had only just agreed to step in to replace Aleksei Oleinik on Thursday, so it's possible he simply winds up getting re-booked against a different opponent at a later date.
Taking on Hardy next week
HeavyweightUFC
January 13, 2022
Spivac will take on Greg Hardy in a heavyweight bout at UFC 270, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
Spivac will fill in for Aleksei Oleinik on short notice, who was forced to withdraw this week for an undisclosed reason. Spivac beat Oleinik back in June before falling to Tom Aspinall in September.
Hammered by Tom Aspinall
HeavyweightUFC
September 4, 2021
Spivac lost to Tom Aspinall via TKO (strikes) at 2:30 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Spivac is lightyears from the heavyweight title picture, but he entered this fight having won three in a row and four of his past five. The fact he was blown out of the water should give you an idea how good Aspinall is. A poorly-timed takedown attempt from Spivac led to his opponent crushing him with an elbow, and a few follow-up shots later, referee Mark Smith had seen enough. Spivac's recent success prior to Saturday, as well as the fact he was willing to step in on short notice, ensures his roster spot is secure, and we should see him again in short order.
Steps in to face Aspinall
HeavyweightUFC
August 30, 2021
Spivac will fight Tom Aspinall in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Vegas 36 on Sept. 4, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Spivac is riding a three-fight winning streak, most recently besting submission specialist and UFC veteran Aleksei Oleinik back in June. Aspinall could be arguably his biggest test to date, as the top heavyweight prospect has finished three fights within the first two rounds to begin his UFC tenure. Two of those matchups ended up earning him Performance of the Night bonuses. Spivac will get this late-notice opportunity following the withdrawal of Sergei Pavlovich, who was forced to withdraw due to visa issues.
Barely gets by Aleksei Oleinik
HeavyweightUFC
June 19, 2021
Spivac defeated Aleksei Oleinik via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a pretty underwhelming performance from Spivac when you take into account he entered as the biggest favorite on the card at -300. He got off to a slow start and dropped Round 1 before the soon-to-be 44-year-old Oleinik gassed out, and Spivac was able to score enough points with the judges to take the final two frames. It certainly wasn't a "statement" victory. Spivac's most impressive feat of the evening was the fact he was able to roll around on the mat with Oleinik without being submitted. There's room for immediate advancement in the UFC's heavyweight division, and while it's rarely pretty, Spivac has won four of his past five fights dating back to October 2019. There's no reason to believe at this point that Spivac can compete with the best the division has to offer, but you can't deny the success of late.