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“The limits to refusal are over.” The fight between Pavlovich and Volkov is already inevitable

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 01:45:22

There are two months left until the first UFC tournament in Saudi Arabia. Initially, the event could have taken place in March, but, according to rumors, the sheikhs were not very happy with the type of card they were going to bring and, as a result, the event was postponed, making it many times more powerful. . And mainly thanks to the fighters from Russia.

The fight between two heavyweights, Sergei Pavlovich and Alexander Volkov, was the one that raised the most questions. The announcement of the fight was very unexpected even for the fighters themselves. Before they had time to familiarize themselves with the conditions, Dana White had already announced that there would be a fight. After several days of confusion, Volkov’s team began to indirectly confirm that he would have to fight his former training partner, as White had already announced the fight.

What was the threat to Pavlovich and Volkov in refusing to fight?

Volkov and Pavlovich cannot refuse the fight. The consequences could ruin both their careers.

The discussion was fueled somewhat by Pavlovich’s fake quote, which appeared online on April 1. According to him, Sergei clearly states that he will not fight Volkov. Of course, the revelation turned out quite quickly, and it turned out that Pavlovich not only did not comment on the possibility of this fight, but, in principle, did not react publicly to the announcement.

Sergei Pavlovich

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Now, in fact, Volkov himself has made it clear that the fight will take place and he personally will not be able to refuse it: “Most likely, the fight with Pavlovich will take place. If I want to fight for the belt, I can’t turn down fights now. Unfortunately, my rejection limits have already expired. This tournament is too important for the UFC to say, “No, I won’t fight, Pavlovich is too close a friend for me.” Now Sergei can say this because he has such an opportunity. Unfortunately, I can’t say that anymore.”

Volkov also noted that Pavlovich was supposed to have a fight with Cyril Gan, and this, in principle, was expected. But, apparently, the sheikhs wanted to see a clash between Volkov and Pavlovich, and since they will pay 20 million dollars for this tournament, they have the right to “call the tune.”

Volkov’s coach Taras Kiyashko also confirmed everything: “Sanya and Seryoga are professionals, no one will turn their back on you. They’re not the type to put on a show. It would be shameful and wrong. If you want something in this sport, you have to fight. Unfortunately, everything turned out like this. We will see what happens on June 22.”

Now the battle is inevitable. It is strange that Sergei Pavlovich’s team is silent, but to be fair, he likes to comment on anything much less than Volkov, so this behavior is understandable. And, apparently, Pavlovich’s team did not abandon the fight.

Alexander Volkov

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In this case, everything is correct: the fight is quite worthy of being a contender or at least a duel to compete with Cyril Gan for a place on the title card in September. From this point of view, it makes no sense for the Russians to turn down a full-time fight, as it will somehow bring them closer to the main goal: the title. Volkov has already said in plain text that if he refuses, he will have to fight guys below him (Alexander is sixth in the rankings), and this will push Drago away from the belt.

Now we are waiting for an incredibly intriguing fight, which should appeal to all fans of mixed martial arts.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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