A heavyweight clash between ranked contenders has been added to the UFC 260 main card.
Report: Marcin Tybura vs. Blagoy Ivanov slated for UFC 260 https://t.co/WdxOfj8LQr
— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) February 16, 2021
The March 27th event will be headlined by two UFC title fights but has nothing yet after those. However, according to a report from WPSportoweFakty via BloodyElbow, a bout between Marcin Tybura and Blagoy Ivanov has been agreed by both parties to take place in the pay-per-view event booked for Las Vegas.
Four Straight Wins
Tybura has won four straight bouts, tying him with Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes for the current longest winning streak in the UFC’s heavyweight division. The 35-year old Polish fighter was a former M-1 Global heavyweight champion and M-1 Global heavyweight Grand Prix winner.
GREG HARDY IS TKO’d BY MARCIN TYBURApic.twitter.com/VX8msv0J3f
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) December 20, 2020
Currently ranked 15th in the UFC heavyweight division, Tybura is coming off a second-round TKO win over Greg Hardy at the UFC’s final event of 2020. The stoppage was his first since 2017 as his last five wins over Andrei Arlovski, Stefan Struve, Sergey Spivak, and Ben Rothwell all came on points.
It’s been an impressive run back to the top for Tybur who lost four of five bouts from November 2017 to September 2019. Given up for dead, he bounced back with a strong year in 2020 where he went undefeated in four bouts, including two at the UFC’s Fight Island series. He looks to continue his ascent with another win over a ranked contender.
Split Decision Losses
While Tybura went on a roll in 2020, former WSOF heavyweight champion and PFL heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov is on a downward trend. After beating Ben Rothwell and Tai Tuivasa in consecutive bouts, he found himself on the wrong end of back-to-back split decisions.
Augusto Sakai wins via split decision over Blagoy Ivanov.
Sakai now has a 4-fight win streak. That is tied with Francis Ngannou for longest active win streak by a UFC heavyweight. pic.twitter.com/58WEnCuYyg
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 31, 2020
The 34-year old Bulgarian has a record of 18-4 with six victories by knockout and another six wins by way of submission. However, since moving over to the UFC in 2018 after his successful stint at the WSOF and PFL, he is just 2-3 inside the UFC Octagon.
Interestingly, Ivanov is still ranked 13th in the UFC’s heavyweight division. However, he needs a win here not only to keep his contender status and ranking but with the way that the promotion has been issuing pink slips lately, Ivanov may be fighting to keep his spot on the UFC’s roster.
Tybura Opens as Betting Favorite
Although the UFC has not officially announced the bout, online sportsbook Parimatch has already opened its betting lines for this heavyweight showdown. According to FightOdds.io, Tybur is a slight -164 betting favorite over Ivanov who is currently listed at +120 in the same sportsbook. That means that bettors need to place a $164 bet on Tybura to win $100 while a $100 wager on Ivanov will pay out $120.
Blagoy Ivanov (+120)
Marcin Tybura (-164) https://t.co/5gbHR8kBYO
— FightOdds.io (@FightOdds_io) February 15, 2021
The UFC heavyweight title will be on the line at the main event of UFC 260 when champion Stipe Miocic defends the belt against number 1 contender Francis Ngannou in a fight where the best UFC betting sites have the challenger as the odds on favorite.
UFC President Dana White has announced that the winner of that bout will face Jon Jones next. But with no plans after that, Tybura and Ivanov could advance their championship aspirations with a victory on March 27th.
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