UFC 278: Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Romanov Picks and Predictions

Alexander Romanov vs. Marcin Tybura

UFC: Saturday, August 20th at 8:00 PM ET

The Line: -- Alexander Romanov -380 / Marcin Tybura +300 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Marcin Tybura and Alexander Romanov face off on Saturday in the prelim card in a heavyweight bout at UFC 278 at Vivant Arena in Salt Lake City. Tybura is ranked 11th in the league while Romanov is ranked 13th. 

Marcin Tybura comes into this fight with a 22-7 record overall and he has won four of his last five rights. In Tybura’s last fight against Alexander Volkov in October of 2021, he was outstruck 75-58 and lost by unanimous decision. Tybura is averaging 3.65 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 3.44 significant strikes per minute. He is averaging 1.54 takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 32 percent of his takedown attempts. He is also stopping 82 percent of his takedown attempts. Tybura is averaging 0.1 submission attempts every 15 minutes. 

On the other side of this matchup is Alexander Romanov who comes into this fight with a 16-0 record overall and since coming into the UFC he has won five fights. It still might be a few fights off, but if he continues to win, he could be a future title contender. Romanov’s last fight came against Chase Sherman in April of 2022 and he locked in a keylock to secure the win. Romanov is averaging 4.23 significant strikes per minute while absorbing 1.35 significant strikes per minute. Romanov is averaging 6.46 takedowns every 15 minutes and he is successful on 69 percent of his takedown attempts. He is also stopping 20 percent of his takedown attempts. 

Tybura is a very good fighter but his shortcomings with his grappling, and that is bad news for this fight. Romanov is a great grappler, and he is going to have very little issue here. Romanov is the much better fighter and he is going to have no issue getting the job done here. Romanov has too much power and he will win this fight by knockout. 

Shane’s Pick Alexander Romanov by KO/TKO

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