UFC Fight Night: Pavlovich vs Blaydes

UFC Fight Night: Pavlovich vs Blaydes

UFC presented UFC Fight Night: Pavlovich vs Blaydes on April 22, 2023, which is also known as UFC on ESPN+ 80 or UFC Vegas 71.

Event Info

  • Date: April 22, 2023
  • Start Time: Prelims 4:30 pm ET, Main Card 7 pm ET
  • Location: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, NV, US
  • Desk Analysts: Dan Hellie (desk anchor), Alan Jouban & Din Thomas
  • Roving Reporter: Charly Arnolt
  • Octagon Announcer: Joe Martinez
  • Cageside Commentators: John Gooden(leading man on the mic), Michael Bisping & Dominick Cruz



  • Brady Hiestand def. Danaa Batgerel via TKO (punches) at 4:21 of round 3 , 3 round, Bantamweight (Watch Video)
  • William Gomis def. Francis Marshall via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29), 3 round, (147 lbs) Catchweight
  • Mohammad Usman def. Junior Tafa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), 3 round, Heavyweight
  • Norma Dumont def. Karol Rosa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), 3 round, Women’s Featherweight
  • Montel Jackson def. Rani Yahya via KO (punches) at 3:42 of round 2, 3 round, Bantamweight (Watch Video)
  • Christos Giagos def. Ricky Glenn via KO (left hook) at 1:35 of round 1, 3 round, Lightweight (Watch Video)


  • Jeremiah Wells def. Matthew Semelsberger via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27), 3 round, Welterweight
  • Iasmin Lucindo def. Brogan Walker-Sanchez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), 3 round, Women’s Strawweight
  • Bobby Green vs Jared Gordon (no contest (accidental clash of heads)), 3 round, Lightweight (Watch Video)
  • Co-Main Event: Bruno Silva def. Brad Tavares via KO at 3:35 of round 1, 3 round, Middleweight (Watch Video)
  • Main Event: Sergei Pavlovich def. Curtis Blaydes via TKO at 3:08 of round 1, 5 round, Heavyweight (Watch Video)


UFC Fight Night: Pavlovich vs Blaydes was the 13th event from UFC to take place in 2023 and the 5th event in 2023 to take place at UFC Apex Arena.

The event was headlined by a heavyweight bout between Sergei Pavlovich vs. Curtis Blaydes & co-headlined by a bantamweight bout between Bruno Silva and Brad Tavares.

A bantamweight bout between Danaa Batgerel and Brady Hiestand was earlier scheduled for a Fight Night event on April 15, 2023. But, it was later moved to this event.

Canceled or Postponed Bouts

  • Iasmin Lucindo vs Melissa Martinez (Martinez pulled out from the bout due to an undisclosed reason)
  • Rafael Estevam vs Carlos Candelario (Candelario withdrew due to injury)
  • Song Yadong vs. Ricky Simón (bout moved to UFC Vegas 72 event)
  • Priscila Cachoeira vs. Karine Silva (Cachoeira missed weight by 4 lbs)


  • Junior Tafa


  • Montel Jackson (Performance of the Night – $50,000
  • Christos Giagos (Performance of the Night) – $50,000
  • Bruno Silva (Performance of the Night) – $50,000
  • Sergei Pavlovich (Performance of the Night) – $50,000