Heavyweight fighters Marcin Tybura and Alexander Romanov clash in a three-round encounter as part of the UFC 278: Usman vs. Edwards 2 card. The matches will begin at 10:00 PM ET on Saturday, August 20, at the Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. ESPN will cover the fight on pay-per-view, and UFC Fight Pass will feature the showdown via live stream. Former M-1 heavyweight champion Tybura looks to crack into the Top 10 of the division, and a win against the unbeaten Romanov will boost his status. Meanwhile, Romanov looks to extend his unbeaten streak to 17 when he meets the Polish MMA veteran. The Moldovan is the slight favorite to win the encounter against Tybura, according to MMA odds and parlays covering the event. However, Tybura is an odds-on favorite when the match ends within the first two rounds.
UFC 278: Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov Betting Information
Former M-1 heavyweight champion Tybura (22-7) has fought the likes of Stefan Struve, Ben Rothwell, Derrick Lewis, Andrei Arlovski, and Fabricio Werdum since his debut in April 2016. He lost his latest bout to Alexander Volkov. Before the setback, however, Tybura won five straight fights against quality opponents and received performance of the night bonuses on two consecutive occasions. The Polish fighter must show his aggressiveness early against Romanov to boost his chances of winning. He needs to be accurate in striking to intimidate and break the rhythm of his Moldovan rival.
The Moldovan fighter has been a surprise package since he made his UFC debut in September 2020. He was able to submit three of his opponents and knocked out one. All in all, he has strung up 15 victories via the abbreviated route, and six of those wins were by knockout and nine via submissions. The MMA fighter known as “King Kong” has surged to number 13 in the UFC heavyweight rankings thanks to his all-around game. Romanov must use his skills to outclass Tybura and become more relevant in the heavyweight class. While this fight seems to be a step-up in Romanov’s UFC career, the match against the Polish fighter will test his readiness in the future.
Tybura vs. Romanov Betting Numbers
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Tybura vs. Romanov Summary
The Tybura-Romanov clash could steal the show in this UFC-arranged fight card. Both fighters are heavy hitters that know how to grapple. Romanov is favored by sports oddsmakers to win their match against Tybura and climb up the rankings. Romanov needs to exhaust all his skills to beat a veteran like Tybura. As for the Polish fighter, he must finish the clash via knockout to avoid any complications. The Moldovan also knows how to last the distance and unleash his submissions if the fight lasts long.
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