Sergey Spivak
The Polar Bear


Spoils debut of Carlos Felipe
July 18, 2020
Spivak defeated Carlos Felipe via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
This was actually a pretty close fight entering the final frame before Spivak pulled away. Spivak appeared to be passive in the early going, but it's entirely possible he was simply letting Felipe -- who hadn't fought in well over three years -- tire himself out. If that was the plan, it worked. Spivak quickly gained positional control early in Round 3 before proceeding to smash his exhausted opponent. He didn't get the finish, but he certainly earned a 10-8 score and the decision as a result. The 25-year-old has now alternated wins and losses in his first four UFC bouts.
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Bout with Felipe rescheduled
June 10, 2020
Spivak will take on Carlos Felipe in a heavyweight matchup July 18 on Fight Island, Marcelo Barone of Combate reports.
This was a long-proposed bout that was rescheduled multiple times due to the global pandemic, but with Fight Island now set for internationally-based fighters, it appears these two heavyweights will finally get to throw down. Spivak is 1-2 under the UFC banner, picking up a win against Tai Tuivasa but dropping a pair of fights to respectable competition in Walt Harris and Marcin Tybura. Felipe's last pro fight was all the way back in 2017, as a USADA suspension, followed by the pandemic, has derailed the career of the undefeated prospect. Both men are 25 years old, and Spivak will have a three-inch height advantage.
UFC 250 fight called off
April 9, 2020
Spivak will no longer face Carlos Felipe at UFC 250 on May 9 following the event's location change, Guilherme Cruz of reports.
Spivak was initially slated to fight Felipe in enemy territory, but the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shook up the UFC's immediate fight calendar. The arena for this event has since been converted to a hospital, forcing the company to secure a new venue. Fighters like Felipe, among many others, were unable to secure a work visa on short notice as a result. Spivak is an international fighter himself who hails from Moldova, so he may face similar issues with scheduling fights in the immediate future. UFC President Dana White does intend to secure a private island for international fighters to compete in, so it's possible Spivak could be one of the options booked there.
Facing Carlos Felipe in Sao Paulo
March 16, 2020
Spivak (10-2-0) is scheduled to take on Carlos Felipe (8-0-0) in a heavyweight bout May 9 at UFC 250 in Sao Paulo, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Spivak has gone 1-2 over his first three fights with the promotion, most recently taking a unanimous decision loss to Marcin Tybura at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29. He'll look to knock Felipe from the ranks of the unbeaten as the native Brazilian makes him promotional debut on home soil.
Baffled by Marcin Tybura
February 29, 2020
Spivac lost to Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
A fighter with a limited offensive arsenal, Spivac predictably struggled in what was a slow, grinding affair. He landed just 26 total strikes over the course of the 15-minute bout and that number clearly isn't high enough for Spivac to take a decision. Spivac submitted Tai Tuivasa in his most recent bout last October but proceeded to drop a clear cut unanimous decision here to an opponent who entered with a 1-4 record in his past five fights. Spivac just turned 25 years of age in late January but he has the look of nothing more than roster depth. Expect the Romanian to continue his inconsistent ways moving forward.
Booked for UFC Norfolk
January 2, 2020
Spivac will take on Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, reports.
Spivac pulled off an upset in October by defeating Tai Tuivasa via submission (arm-triangle choke) at UFC 243, and he'll be rewarded with a matchup against Tybura at UFC Norfolk. Tybura began his UFC career with a 3-1 record but has dropped four of his last five fights, most recently losing to Augusto Sakai via KO (punches) at UFC Vancouver in September. Tybura looked susceptible to striking in his most recent loss, but both fighters find their strengths in their wrestling abilities. The two fighters are even in height and reach.