32-Year-Old UFC Heavyweight 16-3-0
November 30, 2017 Marcin Tybura News
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Tybura will take on Derrick Lewis at UFC Austin on February 18, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.
Tybura will get back on the horse following his defeat at the hands of Fabricio Werdum via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia a couple weeks ago. On the flip side, Lewis was supposed to take on Werdum in October, but was unable to fight due to a back injury. Lewis comes in with an 18-5 professional record while Tybura enters at 16-3. Prior to his loss to Werdum, Tybura had won three straight bouts dating back to August of 2016.
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Fantasy AnalysisTybura was out of his league in this fight. He was far too slow to keep up with Werdum's movement, and only landed a few significant shots throughout the fight. "Tybur" was able to land a few head kicks throughout the fight, but never capitalized on them when Werdum may have been hurt. He seemed hesitant to press the action, which was surprising as Werdum has a very low takedown percentage. There were two bright spots in the fight for Tybura. First, he was taken down in the fourth round by "Vai Cavalo," but he was able to escape Werdum's side control and got back to his feet when the Brazilian attempted an armbar. Second, Tybura landed a head kick early in the fifth round which seemed to rock Werdum. As mentioned above, Tybura was hesitant and did not jump on the opportunity to try to finish Werdum. That led to Tybura being picked apart for the rest of the round en route to the unanimous decision loss.
Fantasy AnalysisTybura was originally expected to fight Mark Hunt, but he's now been pulled from the fight due to medical concerns. Instead, Tybura will be going against Werdum, who has won two of his last three fights. Tybura himself is on a three-fight winning steak, with his most recent victory coming as a unanimous decision over Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 111. Look for Tybura to try and avoid the ground game against Werdum, who has 11 submissions over his 22 career wins.
Fantasy AnalysisTybura will take a three-fight winning streak into the Octagon against Hunt, a 43-year-old with one of the best resumes a UFC heavyweight fighter can offer. Tybura won't offer much in terms of wrestling, as he converts takedowns at a success rate of 50 percent, though he did take down a washed-up Andrei Arlovski twice in his last fight. It should shape up to be a stand-and-trade matchup for the two heavyweights, which should be a treat for Hunt's hometown Aussie fans. Although Tybura, the No. 10-ranked heavyweight, is likely to enter as a betting underdog, an upset victory here could warrant him a top-5 opponent his next time out.
Fantasy AnalysisThe final numbers look dominant -- 127-41 edge in total strikes, a pair of takedowns landed and 8:30 worth of control time racked up -- but it's a disappointment that Tybura couldn't get a finish against the washed up Arlovski. Still, it was a strong, solid effort for the 31-year-old Tybura. He has now won three straight fights after dropping his UFC debut a little over a year ago. Tybura is going to be a top ten heavyweight when the rankings are updated on Monday.
Fantasy AnalysisTybura has won two of his three fights with the UFC, with both victories getting earned via stoppage. The 31-year-old isn't nearly as battle tested as the veteran Arolovski, but he has much more momentum on his side, as Arlovski has lost four fights in a row. Should Tybura take care of business against Arlovski, he should be on his way to getting another ranked opponent.
Fantasy AnalysisAlthough his ground game is his calling card, both of Tybura's UFC victories have come via TKO. He won with volume and placement on Saturday. Tybura attempted 174 total strikes compared to just 78 from Henrique. Tybura did allow three takedowns, although he managed to stuff eight attempts from the Brazilian. Tybura moves very well for a guy who is 6-foot-3, 250 pounds-plus. Considering the lack of depth in the UFC's heavyweight division these days, it's not out of the realm of possibility that Tybura could eventually find himself in the top-10.
Fantasy AnalysisHis last fight in August resulted in a knockout victory, but missing the opportunity to fight in UFC 208 will make him wait even longer to see if he can continue winning. It will be up to the UFC to get Tybura back onto a card in the near future, but it remains to be seen when that might be.
Fantasy AnalysisNow that's how you bounce back following a disappointing debut with the company. Tybura looked slow and uncomfortable when he took on Timothy Johnson in April, but he had it all going against Pesta. The head kick that ended the fight knocked Pesta out cold and resulted in Tybura earning a much-deserved $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Tybura was known as an elite grappling specialist when he entered the company, so if he can somehow manage to add some consistent striking skills to his arsenal, he will become a heavyweight to keep an eye on.
Fantasy AnalysisFor a guy who had some hype behind him entering his UFC debut, it was a fairly dreadful performance by Tybura. Known for his elite ground game, Tybura connected on just one of three takedown attempts and had only 1:23 of top control time. He showed no urgency in the final round of a fight that it was quite clear he was losing. The days of UFC fighters getting cut after one fight are just about over, but Tybura did nothing here to have people clamoring to see him again.
Fantasy AnalysisIt is anyone’s guess as to what Tybura’s striking game will look like against a better opponent, but his submission skills are world-class. It’s rare that fighters entering the UFC at age-30 have such a pronounced background in one discipline (because most quality fighters have signed with the company long before they turn 30), but six of Tybura’s 13 career victories are via submission and it will be fun to watch him against a better fighter in Johnson. Tybura is no lock to be successful in the UFC, but his submission skills make him a fighter to keep an immediate eye on.