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Serghei Spivac makes statement in win at UFC Fight Night

Field Level Media
06 Feb 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

Serghei Spivac made relatively short work of Derrick Lewis in a battle of heavyweights in the main event of UFC Fight Night 218 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Spivac (16-3) won his third straight bout after forcing Lewis (26-11) to submit to an arm triangle at 3:05 of the first round.

Spivac, from Moldova, initially gained the advantage with his grappling skills before landing strikes on the ground. He then finished off the American with an arm-bar submission.

"Today, it's just my time. The Polar Bear is here. The Polar Bear is coming," said Spivac, who issued a challenge to the winner of the upcoming vacant heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane of France.

"Give me someone from the top five. If I tell Jon Jones or Ciryl Gane (I want the winner), they'll make the fight? I want Jon Jones. Jon Jones, I respect you so much. Sorry, bro -- but I'm coming."

Also on Saturday, light heayweight Devin Clark (14-7) recorded a unanimous decision over Da-un Jung (15-4-1) of South Korea, and Marcin Tybura (24-7) of Poland received the same result versus Blagoy Ivanov (19-5) of Bulgaria in a heavyweight bout.

Welterweight Adam Fugitt (9-3) secured a KO/TKO over Japan's Yusaku Kinoshita (6-2) at 4:36 of the first round via strikes. Anshul Jubli (7-0) of India did the same against Jeka Saragih (13-3) of Indonesia via elbows at 3:44 of the second to win the "Road to UFC" lightweight tournament.

The featherweight bout between Dooho Choi (14-4-1) of South Korea and Canada's Kyle Nelson (13-5-1) was declared a majority draw.

In other bouts, Jeong Yeong Lee (10-1) of South Korea defeated Zha Yi (21-4) of China via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) to win the "Road to UFC" featherweight tournament.

Rinya Nakamura (7-0) of Japan needed just 33 seconds to knock out countryman Toshiomi Kazama (10-3) to win "Road to UFC" bantamweight tournament.

Hyun Sung Park (8-0) of South Korea used a rear-naked choke to submit countryman Seung Guk Choi (6-2) at 3:11 of the third round to win the "Road to UFC" flyweight tournament.

South Korean Junyong Park (16-5) also executed a rear-naked choke to defeat Russian Denis Tiuliulin (11-7) via technical submission at 4:05 of the first round of the middleweight fight.

Flyweight Tatsuro Taira (13-0) of Japan stayed undefeated after using a triangle choke with an armbar combination to force Mexico's Jesus Santos Aguilar (8-2) to submit at 4:20 of the first round.

--Field Level Media

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