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UFC Fight Night Prediction – Tai Tuivasa vs. Marcin Tybura: Fight Card, Odds, Start Time, Live Stream

Tai Tuivasa and Marcin Tybura are looking to change their fortunes. The UFC Apex cage is going to look tiny when these two heavyweights face off Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas.

Tuivasa (15-6) badly needs a win. The Australian fighter is currently riding the second three-fight losing streak of his professional career. His latest tough stretch came against some of the division's best – Ciryl Gane, Sergei Pavlovich and Alexander Volkov – all by stoppage. Tuivasa finds some comfort knowing he's fighting elite heavyweights, but his motivation for beating Tybura is pretty simple.

“Fuck, I don't want to lose”, Tuivasa said CBS Sports. “No one likes to be a loser. Obviously my last three opponents haven't been outdone, so that's kind of a good thing. In my last fight (against Volkov), I think I could have won. take away. There were just a few. things that didn't go my way. That's just it. I need to recover this weekend. That's how it works .You win, you lose, but you have to pick yourself up and dust yourself off.

Tybura (24-8) has been one of the most underrated heavyweights in quite some time. Tybura entered his latest fight having quietly racked up a stunning 7-1 streak against the lower and middle ends of the UFC heavyweight ladder. It took Tom Aspinall just 73 seconds to crush his momentum. There's no shame in losing to the man who would soon become interim heavyweight champion, but Tybura finds little comfort in that.

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“I felt really good before this fight. I was in the best shape. Everything was perfect in the camp. The loss was very difficult for me,” Tybura told CBS Sports. “Of course, it brings a little sweetness that he's interim champion right now. But I couldn't change much for this camp.

“I took a few weeks off from the gym to get my appetite back because that loss killed my attitude a little bit. I had to rebuild it.”

The rest of the undercard fills out with five more matchups. The co-main event sees a welterweight showdown between emerging prospect Bryan Battle and veteran Ange Loosa. Two veterans are set to face off in the light heavyweight division when Kennedy Nzechukwu takes on Ovince Saint Preux. Elsewhere, Isaac Dulgarian and Christian Rodriguez are set to face off in the featherweight division. The only matchup with ranked fighters is expected to take place in the women's bantamweight division when Macy Chiasson takes on Pannie Kianzad. And more veterans open the main card when middleweight Gerald Meerschaert takes on Bryan Barberena.

Below is the rest of Saturday's fight card with the latest odds before we come to a prediction and pick the main event.

UFC Fight Night card, odds

Tai Tuivasa -115 Marcin Tybura -105 Heavy weights
Bryan Battle -180 Angel Loosa +155 Welterweight
Kennedy Nzechukwu-750 Ovince Saint Preux +525 Light heavyweight
Isaac Dulgarian -205 Christian Rodriguez +170 Lightweight
Macy Chiasson-205 Pannie Kianzad +155 Women's bantamweight
Gérald Meerschaert -250 Bryan Barberena +205 Average weight

UFC Fight Night Viewing Information

Date: March 16 | Start time: 7 p.m. ET (main card)
Location: UFC Apex – Las Vegas
TV channel: ESPN+

Prediction

Tai Tuivasa vs. Marcin Tybura: The betting lines are offering this fight at a close price for good reason. Tuivasa is in a terrible situation but faced tougher opposition than his next opponent. Tybura is more well-rounded but has suffered five knockouts in eight losses as he prepares for a legitimate knockout artist. This fight should be fought in the mindset of attacker versus grappler. Tuivasa has a live by the sword, die by the sword attitude with 18 stoppages in 20 fights. He has scored knockouts in 13 of his 14 victories. Tybura must defeat Tuivasa. Tybura averages 1.39 takedowns per 15 minutes against a fighter who has never managed a takedown in seven years in the UFC. We haven't seen Tuivasa's takedown defense tested much lately, but it's concerning that Derrick Lewis, who almost never wrestles, took him down twice in their fight. I think Tybura is one of the most underrated fighters in the division. He seemed to turn a corner before the Aspinall fight. It's easy to forgive this performance knowing how good Aspinall is. Unfortunately, I don't think Tybura has enough offensive threat or defensive solidity to prevent Tuivasa from planting that big bomb. Tuivasa via KO2

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