UFC Fight Night 86 Newcomer Breakdown: Marcin Tybura

marcin-tyburaPrior to each UFC card, Jay Primetown takes a close look at debuting fighters. In the latest installment, we look at heavyweight Marcin Tybura as he takes on Timothy Johnson at Fight Night 86 in Zagreb, Croatia. Marcin “Tybur” Tybura Hometown: Uniejow, Poland Age: 30 Height: 6’3” Reach: N/A Weight Class: Heavyweight Camp: S4 Fight Club Career Record: 13-1 Key Wins: Damian Grabowski Key Losses: Stephan Puetz Background Considered one of the top heavyweights outside the UFC, the 30 year old Polish fighter was previously the M1 heavyweight champion holding solid regional wins as well as a win over UFC heavyweight over Damian Grabowski. Tybura holds a brown belt in BJJ. Strengths

  • Basic, yet effective striker
  • Excellent chin
  • Above average grappler
  • Effective body lock takedowns
  • At his best on the ground; either in top control or hunting for submissions


  • Striking technique needs improvement
  • Can be blitzed by aggressive strikers
  • Has periods of inactivity on the feet
  • Too reliant on great chin



  Match-up against Timothy Johnson Marcin Tybura was given no easy fight in his UFC debut. This is a match of two solid heavyweights with two of the better wrestling games in the division. Size could certainly play a factor in this bout as Johnson should outweigh his Polish counterpart by at least 15 pounds on fight day. Both fighters excel pushing their opponent against the cage working in the clinch and looking for takedowns. Tybura is more mobile and athletic, but Johnson moves well for someone his size. On the feet, Johnson lands harder and is the more likely to finish with a standing knockout. With that said, I think it’s more likely that this fight ends up in deep waters as both have good chins and have shown to be resilient over the course of their careers. In what I expect to be a competitive fight with both fighters struggling to secure takedowns, I give the edge to Johnson with more impactful striking on the feet and the more likely to be able to push his opponent against the cage. If Tybura does have some success with getting the fight to the ground, he has a significant advantage there and could get a submission finish. That being said, this is a fight to watch closely as we’ll learn a lot about both fighters in this match-up and their chances to succeed in the UFC.   UFC Ceiling Marcin Tybura enters the UFC with quite a bit of hype. With his only loss coming off a doctor stoppage due to a cut, many feel he’s never been defeated. He’s got a good array of takedown techniques where he does very well to control fights and score potential submissions. He should see immediate success against smaller heavyweights that he can get to the ground as well those with below average takedown defense. I expect Tybura to not only stick around in the UFC, but once he gets some seasoning against better competition to crack the top fifteen of the division.   Fight Film Check out Marcin Tybura in some of his most recent fights:   Marcin Tybura vs. Krystian Kopytowski   Marcin Tybura vs. Stephan Puetz   Marcin Tybura Fight Highlights

Written by Jay Primetown

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