Sometimes it is not easy to fill up a main card, especially during a pandemic. In any event, UFC managed to do so adding Greg Hardy (7-2-1NC) against Marcin Tybura (20-6) to the Fight Night: Edwards vs Chimaev event. It is ok. It could have been better.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has added the last match to the card: Greg Hardy and Marcin Tybura will lock horns in the heavyweight division. The event will take place on 19 December and will be hosted by UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Despite it seemed that the card was already finalized, UFC announce yesterday Hardy vs Tybura as an addition fight. So, it seems more of a gift than anything else. Never refuse a gift despite the match does not appear to be a very exciting one.
Greg Hardy, former NFL player, is on a 2-match win streak and both wins have been achieved in 2020. Firstly, Hardy defeated Yorgan de Castro (unanimous decision) followed by a knock-out victory against Maurice Green (2nd round). For a long time, Hardy was asking for a match against a top-15 opponent, but the UFC declined the opportunity waiting for more encouraging results from Hardy. We hope that now Hardy has finally found continuity and he can make it.
Marcin Tybura is hard to decode. Despite he is powerful and quite skillful (could float in-between 10th and 15th ranking position at his best), his performances have been inconsistent until 2020. After having an awfully bad start in the UFC promotion losing 5 out of initial 8 matches, Tybura bounced back in 2020. He had won the last 3 fights against Sergey Spivak, Maxim Grishin, and Ben Rothwell all by unanimous decision extending the winning streak to 3 fights.
We have seen in the past great fights with between non-ranked fighters. So, you never know: despite it does not have the appeal of a top-fight, it could still be a hell of fight between two powerful heavyweight fighters who are excited by their respective recent winning streaks knowing that a win can open to one of them the door of the ranking. December 19, 2020. Let’s see who is worth entering the UFC top-15 heavyweight ranking!