Sergei Spivak dominated from start to finish, earning a TKO in the second round at UFC Vegas 59.
Demonstrating a heavy fighting style combined with a ruthless ground and pound, Spivak never gave Augusto Sakai a moment’s rest, but simply poured out punishment until referee Mark Smith saw enough to stop the fight. The end came at 3:42 of the second round, with Spivak advancing to 5-1 in his last six fights.
“I came to Las Vegas probably five months ago and I trained really hard for this fight,” Spivak said. “My training camp was long, hard, but the result was good. I think I will be back and I want to see the top 10 now. I need a strong opponent. I need to start because my path was rough, three defeats in the UFC, but now I think I’m back and I want to win.
It didn’t take long for Spivak to return to his grappling game as he took Sakai off early with a couple of takedowns in an attempt to show his dominance in a top choke game. Spivak was methodical in his ground and pound attacks, hitting Sakai with strong, heavy punches without giving Sakai a chance to run away.
Even when Sakai managed to get to his feet momentarily, Spivak quickly dragged him back to the canvas, where he continued to throw punches and also looked for submission.
Despite an uneven round, Sakai survived to the second, but things didn’t get much better for him there after Spivak landed a flurry of punches that shattered his nose. Spivak then returned to his wrestling, continuing to throw Sakai around the cage, where he continued to land a flurry of punches and elbows on the ground.
Spivak was like a dog with a bone, as he refused to let go of Sakai, while he simply landed punches that left the Brazilian with nowhere to go. After it became clear that Sakai wasn’t going to do anything but swallow more punches on the ground, the referee saved him from further injury as Spivak celebrated his second straight win and second straight finish.