The UFC has finalized a heavyweight battle that will feature two contenders in the top eight. MMA Fighting was the first to report today that the promotion has finalized a matchup between Alexander “Drago” Volkov (33-9) and Marcin Tybura (22-6).
The fight will take place at UFC 267 on October 30th in Abu Dhabi. The October event’s card is starting to shape up and it’s headlined by two title fights. UFC 267 is going to be free and it will be broadcasted on ABC in the United States.
Marcin Tybura is getting a big step up as he takes on Alexander Volkov. Tybura is currently riding a five-fight win streak heading into UFC 267. The last time we saw Tybura was in June when he stopped Walt Harris in the first round.
Harris started out extremely well and was hurting Tybura on the feet. However, Tybura weathered the storm and was able to get Harris down late in the first round. Once it was there, Tybura put it on Harris and stopped the fight.
After losing his UFC debut, Tybura has gone 9-4 with the promotion. Worth noting that two of those losses came against Fabricio Werdum and Derrick Lewis. Tybura will look to jump into title contention with a win in October.
Volkov’s UFC Redemption
Alexander Volkov made his UFC debut back in 2016. He started his career off with the promotion with winning four consecutive fights. The most impressive win being a TKO win over former champion Fabricio Werdum.
After that, Volkov had a shot against Derrick Lewis. Had Volkov won, he was likely going to get a UFC title shot. However, Volkov was stopped in final seconds of the final round after having dominated the entire fight.
In June, Volkov had a headliner against Ciryl Gane. Again, had Volkov won the fight, he might’ve been the one fighting Derrick Lewis for the interim heavyweight title at UFC 265 on Saturday night.
However, Gane’s technique and speed flustered Volkov and Volkov was nearly shutout on the scorecards. Now, Volkov will once again start his climb back up the latter and it starts with Marcin Tybura at UFC 267.