The UFC has finalized a fun showdown in the heavyweight division. MMA reporter Marcel Dorff was the first to report yesterday that the promotion had finalized a matchup between contenders Jairzinho Rozenstruik (12-3) and Marcin Tybura (22-7).
The matchup will take place at a UFC Fight Night on February 26th. For Tybura, he’s going to be looking to bounce back after a loss in his last fight. The last time we saw Tybura was when he took on Alexander Volkov on Fight Island at UFC 267. That night, Tybura didn’t look great and lost a decision.
That loss snapped a five-fight winning streak that vaulted Tybura towards the top ten in the heavyweight division. During that winning streak, Tybura strung together a few very impressive victories. Of course, the top two being his stoppage victories over Greg Hardy and Walt Harris.
Tybura didn’t fall far after the loss to Volkov. Instead of heading towards the back of the rankings, Tybura is getting another solid contender when he takes on Bigi Boy.
UFC’s Bigi Boy Returns
It has been a very interesting two-year stretch for Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Entering 2020, Bigi Boy was unbeaten and he was calling for a shot against then top contender Francis Ngannou. Bigi Boy got that shot but was knocked out just seconds into the first round.
After that loss, he bounced back with a TKO win over former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos. After that win, he had a main event against Ciryl Gane in a fight that turned out to be incredibly underwhelming. Rozenstruik showed no aggressiveness and lost a lopsided decision.
The UFC then booked him against Augusto Sakai and he scored a first round knockout. That win was followed by a decision loss to Curtis Blaydes. The waters have been very choppy for Bigi Boy and he’s looking to start a run towards the upside in 2022.
Marcin Tybura is a good first opponent for Rozenstruik. If he picks up a solid win, it could spell good things for him throughout the rest of 2022.