FABRICIO Werdum will be hoping to put his name back into contention for the heavyweight belt as he takes on Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night which returns to Sydney for the first time since 2014.
An all Australian affair will take to the octagon before the headline act as Bec Rawlings and Jessica-Rose Clark do battle with Rawlings looking to end a two-fight losing streak as Clark makes her debut.
Punches and elbows flying in fast
In the second fight of the day Eric Shelton has completely dominated his opponent Jenel Lausa with an impressive ground game.
Reigning down on Lausa with a flurry of elbows that sent loud cracks throughout the arena and continuing the punishment throughout the three rounds.
Jesus, sounds like Shelton’s cracking walnuts with his elbows #UFCSydney— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) November 19, 2017
Punches and elbows are flying fast and furious for Shelton. Lausa has no answer#UFCSydney— Sherdog.com (@sherdogdotcom) November 19, 2017
Problems on the scales
Brazil’s former UFC heavyweight world champion Fabricio Werdum is intent on staying on track for another world title shot, after an unconventional lead-up to his headline fight in Sydney on Sunday.
Werdum, the No.2-ranked contender, will fight eighth-ranked Marcin Tybura of Poland at Qudos Bank Arena.
The 40-year-old Brazilian was charged for allegedly using a boomerang to attack fellow fighter Colby Covington in a daylight street brawl outside a luxury hotel in Sydney’s CBD on Thursday.
Werdum on Saturday weighed in around one kilo heavier than his opponent.
“I want to show again I’m the best fighter in the world,” Werdum said on the UFC website.
Tybura, 32, is coming off a win over former world champion Andrei Arlovski.
“Big respect for Fabricio, but I’m here to chase my goal, so I’ll leave everything in the octagon tomorrow to win this fight,” Tybura said after the weigh-in.
The co-main event is an all-Australian women’s flyweight clash between Bec Rawlings and Jessica-Rose Clark, with the latter coming in over the weight limit.
The 13-bout card is populated primarily by Australian fighters, with a smattering of overseas combatants.
Among the more familiar Australian names on the undercard are Victorians and UFC stalwarts Jake Matthews and Daniel Kelly.
Matthews, who is coming back from hip surgery, has moved up from lightweight to welterweight, where he will fight Serbian.Bojan Velickovic.
Four-time Australian Olympic judo representative Kelly will fight Canada’s Elias Theodorou.
Former Sydney Roosters under-20 rugby league player Tai Tuivasa will make his UFC debut at heavyweight against American Rashad Coulter.
Tuivasa hopes to become the first Australian indigenous fighter to win a UFC bout.
Main Card (from 2pm AEDT)
Fabricio Werdum 22-7-1 vs Marcin Tybura 16-2-0
Bec Rawlings 7-6-0 vs Jessica-Rose Clark 7-4-0
Tim Means 27-8-1 vs Belal Muhammad 12-2-0
Alex Volkanovski 15-1-0 vs Shane Young 11-3-0
Elias Theodorou 13-2-0 vs Daniel Kelly 13-2-0
Jake Matthews 10-3-0 vs Bojan Velickovic 15-5-1
Ryan Benoit 9-5-0 vs Ashkan Mokhtarian 13-2-0
Will Brooks 18-3-0 vs Nik Lentz 27-8-2
Rashad Coulter 8-2-0 vs Tai Tuivasa 5-0-0
Damien Brown 17-10-0 vs Frank Camacho 20-5-0
Nadia Kassem defeated Alex Chambers via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Eric Shelton defeated Jenel Lausa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)
Adam Wieczorek defeated Anthony Hamilton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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