Sergey Spivak (born 24 January 1995) is a Moldovan mixed martial artist who competes in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2014, he has also formerly competed for World Warriors Fighting Championships, Eagles Fighting Championship, N1 Pro Nomad MMA and Real Fight Promotion. As of October 11, 2021, he is #14 in the UFC heavyweight rankings.
|Born||24 January 1995|
|Other names||Polar Bear|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||242 lb (110 kg; 17.3 st)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Chișinău, Moldova|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Sergey Spivak made his MMA debut in the September of 2014 with the Ukrainian promotion Real Fight Promotion, at 19 years old. He faced Andrey Serebrianikov as his first opponent. He won the fight in the last minute of the first round, by way of TKO.
His second fight was with the Ukrainian based World Warriors Fighting Championships, at WWFC Ukraine Selection 1, where he faced Evgeniy Bova in the main event. Spivak won the fight in the first round by way of a kimura.
His second fight with World Warriors Fighting Championships was during WWFC: Ukraine Selection 4, in the main event. His opponent was Yuri Gorbenko, whom he defeated in the first round through an armbar.
Spivak would than fight against Dimitriy Mikutsa, under the N1 Pro organization. Spivak submitted Mikutsa through an armbar during the last minute of the second round.
Under the banner of Eagles Fighting Championship, Spivak faced Artem Cherkov. He would beat him in the first round, by way of a head kick.
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. In his next fight Spivak fought against the MMA veteran Travis Fulton for the vacant WWFC Heavyweight Championship, a fight which he won in the first round by a rear naked choke. He would defend the title 10 months later against the Croatian fighter Ivo Cuk, winning the bout in the first round by TKO. His last fight with WWFC was his last title defense, five months after his fight with Cuk, against Tony Lopez. He defeated Lopez by a neck crank in the last minute of the first round.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Spivak made his UFC debut during UFC Fight Night 151, at 23 years old, against Walt Harris, replacing Aleksei Oleinik. He suffered the first professional loss of his career. Harris pushed Sergey up to the cage, dazed him with a left straight and dropped him to the floor with a barrage of knees. After a series of grounded strikes, the referee awarded Harris a win, after 50 seconds, by way of TKO.
Five months later, Spivak fought against Tai Tuivasa at UFC 243. Spivak would begin the fight being cautious of Tuivasa's power. Spivak was dropped once in the first round by a leg kick. Spivak then began catching Tuivasa's leg kicks and would take the Australian down. Whenever the Australian would return to his feet, Spivak would pursue takedowns. The fight ended in the fourth minute of the second round, Spivak took Tuivasa down for the 7th 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, awarding him his first UFC win.
Spivak was expected to face Carlos Felipe on May 9, 2020 at then UFC 250. However, on April 9, Dana White, the president of UFC announced that this event was postponed to a future date Eventually the bout was scheduled on July 19, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 172. He won the fight via majority decision.
Spivak was expected to face Tom Aspinall on October 11, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 179. However Spivak withdrew from the bout for undisclosed reason and he was replaced by promotional newcomer Alan Baudot.
Spivak was scheduled to face Jared Vanderaa on December 12, 2020 at UFC 256 However, Vanderaa tested positive for COVID-19 during fight week and had to be pulled.  The pair eventually met on February 20, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 185. Spivak won the fight via technical knockout in round two.
Spivak and his wife have a daughter who was born in 2020.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
Mixed martial artsEdit
- World Warriors Fighting Championship
- WWFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- Two successful title defenses
- WWFC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||13 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||13–3||Tom Aspinall||TKO (elbow and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Till||4 September 2021||1||2:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–2||Aleksei Oleinik||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: The Korean Zombie vs. Ige||19 June 2021||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–2||Jared Vanderaa||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis||20 February 2021||2||4:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–2||Carlos Felipe||Decision (majority)||UFC Fight Night: Figueiredo vs. Benavidez 2||19 July 2020||3||5:00||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates|
|Loss||10–2||Marcin Tybura||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo||29 February 2020||3||5:00||Norfolk, Virginia, United States|
|Win||10–1||Tai Tuivasa||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC 243||5 October 2019||2||3:14||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||9–1||Walt Harris||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Iaquinta vs. Cowboy||4 May 2019||1||0:50||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||9–0||Tony Lopez||Submission (neck crank)||WWFC 12||29 September 2018||1||4:12||Kyiv, Ukraine||Defended the WWFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||8–0||Ivo Cuk||TKO (punches)||WWFC 10||24 March 2018||1||2:21||Kyiv, Ukraine||Defended the WWFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–0||Travis Fulton||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WWFC: Cage Encounter 7||14 June 2017||1||2:50||Kyiv, Ukraine||Won the vacant WWFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–0||Luke Morton||KO (punches)||WWFC: Cage Encounter 6||29 March 2017||1||0:40||Kyiv, Ukraine|
|Win||5–0||Artem Cherkov||KO (head kick)||Eagles Fighting Championship||27 February 2016||1||1:52||Chișinău, Moldova|
|Win||4–0||Dimitriy Mikutsa||Submission (armbar)||N1 Pro: MMA Nomad||4 October 2015||2||4:34||Karaganda, Kazakhstan|
|Win||3–0||Yuri Gorbenko||Submission (armbar)||WWFC: Ukraine Selection 4||31 January 2015||1||3:38||Kyiv, Ukraine|
|Win||2–0||Evgeniy Bova||Submission (kimura)||WWFC: Ukraine Selection 1||19 November 2014||1||N/A||Lviv, Ukraine|
|Win||1–0||Andrey Serebrianikov||TKO (punches)||RFP: Galychyny Cup||28 September 2014||1||4:31||Lviv, Ukraine||Heavyweight debut.|
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