Pavel The Caiman Zhuravlev
Current Rank
#1 Light Heavyweight
Height
187 CM / 6'1"
Nationality
Ukraine
Weightclass
Light Heavyweight
Weight
93.4 KG / 206 LBS
Social Media

Fighter Stats

Glory Record 2-1-0
Average Fight Time 6:39 Fight Duration
Knockdown Ratio 3:0 Knockdowns Landed : Knockdowns Absorbed
SLpM 5.41 Strikes Landed per Minute
SApM 6.76 Strikes Absorbed per Minute
Striking Differential -1.35 Difference between SLpM and SApM
Striking Accuracy 52.68% Proportion of Strikes Landed

Fighter Media

Fighter Record

Result Opponent Event Method Watch
Win Saulo Cavalari Glory 43: New York
Jul 14 2017
Decision - Unanimous
Win Zinedine Hameur-Lain Glory 35: Nice
Nov 04 2016
TKO Icon fighter video play
Loss Ariel Machado Glory 32: Virginia
Jul 22 2016
Decision - Unanimous Icon fighter video play

Fighter Bio

Twitter Pavel The Caiman Zhuravlev

Pavel
Zhuravlev
2-1-0 Ukraine

2016 FFC Light Heavyweight Champion
2013 Legend -93 kg Tournament Champion
2012 Superkombat World Grand Prix Tournament Champion

Pavel Zhuravlev was one of the world's best free agents before signing with GLORY yet at the same time is a rather mysterious figure to most fight fans due to the lack of English-language information available on him.

Now he's with GLORY we can tell you more about him: he is ex-military, a father of one and able to play the piano to near-professional level thanks to being put through music school as a youngster, alongside his regular schooling.

Learning that Zhuravlev is an accomplished musician will come as a surprise to a lot of fans. It is atypical for fighters to be proficient at something so delicate as playing an instrument, except for those who come from Russia and the former Soviet states, where music lessons form a mandatory part of a youth's education.

“Actually, I love music. As a youngster I finished music school and sometimes today I like to play on the piano. It is only for me though, I don't like to play in front of people!” he laughs.

“When school was done I spent thirteen years in the army. Originally I graduated from the Naval Academy but it didn't interest me so much. We lived in the Crimea region but after the events of 2014 [when Russia annexed Crimea] we left and went to live in Odessa. I am now finished with the army and have free time,” he says.

“What attracted me to kickboxing? I don't know. I think that it just had to happen. What attracts me to it is that when you step into the ring you stand alone with your opponent, face to face.

“This is a moment of truth: you feel excitement, fear, and realize that everything is dependent only on you. You see in his eyes the desire to destroy you and you think 'Well, come on and do it then, if you can.'

The hard-hitting Ukrainian is known for an all-action fighting style. He describes his preferred tactic as “looking to bring maximum damage to the opponent”.

“Most of all I like to work my hands. This is how I feel the energy and dynamics of the match and this is what brings me the best results,” he says. “I'm going out there to do fast, hard kickboxing with attacks that do maximum damage to the opponent.”

Outside of the ring Zhuravlev says his main focus is on his home life. “Training takes up a lot of my time so in my free time I really just try to be with my family.

“I have a five-year-old daughter. This is an important age for a child and so I spend as much free time as I can with her. We go to playgroups and swimming pools, I take her to dance class, music lessons and foreign languages.”