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The Octagon heads Down Under once again – UFC Sydney Preview


Australia once again holds the UFC Octagon when Marcin Tybura gets the chance of a lifetime against Former Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum. Tybura’s opponent was supposed to be Mark Hunt but the UFC pulled him from the card when he publically stated that he was feeling the negative effects of fighting messing with his brain (Hunt was NOT happy). While this fight night is not as good as UFC Norfolk, it still has the ability to showcase crazy action, much like the UFC Auckland card did in June. One thing about ANZ fans, they come out to cheer on their guys so expect the locals to have extra motivation in their battles.

Marcin Tybura (+275) Vs. Fabricio Werdum (-325)

Werdum has tried to stay busy since losing his belt, He lost it at UFC 198 to Stipe Miocic then had a quick turnaround and faced Travis Browne (and Edmond Tarverdyan LOL) at UFC 203 then was scheduled to fight Cain Velasquez at UFC 207 which fell through during fight week when Velasquez admitted to the media that he was getting surgery after his fight. He lost a pretty close fight at UFC 213 to Alistair Overeem and In his last Octagon visit, Werdum defeated the outmatched Walt Harris by a first-round submission as he was originally supposed to be facing heavy-handed Derrick Lewis. Marcin Tybura won his last three fights against the likes of Viktor Pesta, Luis Henrique, and Andrei Arlovski, finishing two with his fists. If Tybura was actually going to fight Mark Hunt I would say this fight is an absolute must watch, two heavy-handed warriors going for five minutes, Easy KO potential. However, Marcin is fighting Fabricio and is clearly outmatched by a more-experienced opponent. The only way I see Marcin winning this fight is by commanding the clinch and catching him, but I do not see this happening. I believe that this fight activity from Fabricio will end up biting him in the ass in the future as he is aging past his prime, but I still see him winning the fight. Fabricio Werdum Def. Marcin Tybura

Bec Rawlings (-145) Vs. Jessica-Rose Clark (+125)

I have to be honest, I do not know who Jessica-Rose Clark is. I believe that with her 7-4 record she will be a good opponent for “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings who herself owns a record of 7-6. I don’t think this will be a barnburner of a fight by any means but I do think that Bec finishes the fight within two rounds. Bec Rawlings Def. Jessica-Rose Clark

Belal Muhammad (+185) Vs. Tim Means (-215)

I think Belal Muhammad is ready to take the next step in his career and for a Chicago Boy. Doing it down under would be kinda odd, but hey if your gonna move up in the UFC the location doesn’t matter. Belal has won his last two fights against the likes of Randy Brown and Jordan Mein and won them rather convincingly. Means, Meanwhile (Like that), won his last fight against Alex Garcia after a two-fight swing against Alex Oliveira. While I think Means is a talented fighter and I think Belal is rather light for the weight class, I just got a feeling that Belal Muhammad is gonna take this one Belal Muhammad Def. Tim Means

Other Selections:

Jake Matthews (-137) Def. Bojan Velickovic (+117)

Elias Theodorou (-265) Def. Dan Kelly (+225)

Alex Volkanovski (-650) Def. Shane Young (+475) – Mortal Lock

Ashkan Mokhtarian (+230) Def. Ryan Benoit (-270)

Will Brooks (-475) Def. Nik Lentz (+375)

Tai Tuivasa (-175) Def. Rashad Coulter (+150)

Damien Brown (+120) Def. Frank Camacho (-140)

Alex Chambers (+145) Def. Nadia Kassem (-170)

Eric Shelton (-350) Def. Renel Lausa (+285)

Adam Wieczorek (-160) Def. Anthony Hamilton (+140)

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