UFC Vegas 71 post-fight bonuses: Sergei Pavlovich blasts Curtis Blaydes for first-round TKO

Check out which fighters, including Sergei Pavlovich, took home a bonus from UFC Vegas 71 on Saturday.

By: Kristen King | 1 month ago
UFC Vegas 71 post-fight bonuses: Sergei Pavlovich blasts Curtis Blaydes for first-round TKO
Sergei Pavlovich during weigh-ins for UFC Vegas 71 | IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Sergei Pavlovich was one of four post-fight bonus winners following UFC Vegas 71 this past Saturday.

Sergei Pavlovich, Bruno Silva get big wins

Performance of the Night: Sergei Pavlovich extended his win streak to six straight with a first-round TKO of Curtis Blaydes in our headliner. The Russian fighter moved forward and pressured Blaydes, who was firing off a few punches of his own — but not at the same power and speed as Pavlovich. As the fight went on, ‘Razor’ tried to use his wrestling and was denied. Then Pavlovich found a home for an uppercut that sent Blaydes to the canvas, where a few more follow-up punches led to the end of the fight. That was his sixth straight win via (T)KO — a new record for longest knockout streak in modern UFC history.

Performance of the Night: Bruno Silva returned to the win column with a stunning stoppage of Brad Tavares in our co-headliner. These two were throwing heat, as Silva connected with a left hand and Tavares responded with a jab or two. During one of their exchanges, ‘Blindado’ uncorked a knee to Tavares’ chin. Silva added a right hand, and Tavares went down! The UFC veteran protested the stoppage, but that was a beautiful bounce back win for Silva.

Performance of the Night: Christos Giagos laid waste to Ricky Glenn for a first-round KO. The ‘Spartan’ turned the lights out on the ‘Gladiator’ with a picture-perfect left hand. Glenn fell face-first to the canvas, and the referee stepped in and stopped the fight after 95 seconds.

Performance of the Night: Montel Jackson added a UFC veteran to his résumé with a quick TKO of Rani Yahya. As expected in this grappler vs. striker fighter, Yahya went straight for the takedown, tied Jackson up on the ground and started working on armlock. A cool, composed Jackson got his arm out of danger and returned to his feet, where he made Yahya pay for lunging in for another takedown. This time, ‘Quik’ countered with a left hand that dropped Yahya and followed up with some ground-and-pound for the first-round TKO.

Fight of the Night: No FOTN

Full Vegas 71 Results:

Main Card:

Sergei Pavlovich def. Curtis Blaydes by TKO (punches) at 3:08 of Round 1 

Bruno Silva def. Brad Tavares by TKO (punches) at 3:35 of Round 1

Bobby Green vs. Jared Gordon ruled a No Contest after headbutt at 4:35 of Round 1 

Iasmin Lucindo def. Brogan Walker by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Jeremiah Wells def. Matthew Semelsberger by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Preliminary Card:

Christos Giagos def. Ricky Glenn by KO (punch) at 1:35 of Round 1

Montel Jackson def. Rani Yahya by KO (punches) at 3:42 of Round 1

Norma Dumont def. Karol Rosa by decision (29-28 x3)

Mohammed Usman def. Junior Tafa by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

William Gomis def. Francis Marshall by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Brady Hiestand def. Danaa Batgerel by TKO (punches) at 4:21 of Round 3

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Kristen King
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Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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