UFC 267: Alexander Volkov vs Marcin Tybura- Prediction and Analysis

Published 10/27/2021, 9:37 AM EDT


UFC heavyweights Alexander Volkov and Marcin Tybura take center stage on the main card for UFC 267. The aforementioned pay-per-view is headlined by two title fights with Jan Blachowicz vs Glover Teixeira at the top of the bill. Volkov and Tybura have the opportunity to put on a show for the fans and score in on some much-needed cache.

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The heavyweight division has become more exciting in recent years with the takeover of top talent like Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane. The new waves of heavyweight fighters have the ability to make a massive splash and enter into contention. The winner of the bout will insert their name into the conversation of being hyper elite in the divisional landscape.

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UFC 267: Alexander Volkov vs Marcin Tybura

‘Drago’ was on a tear after he put forth an absolute beat down of Alistair Overeem to prove he belongs at the top. However, when he faced current interim title champion, Ciryl Gane, things didn’t end very well for the Russian. He lost a rather lopsided unanimous decision to ‘Bon Gamin’ and has dropped down to facing another surging contender.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands kicks Alexander Volkov of Russia in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Alexander Volkov carrier tremendous power into the early going of a fight and can land heavy shots off the rip. His advantage in the height and reach category allows him to stick behind a jab and advance forward.

Marcin Tybura has had a career resurgence and is looking like much more than just a fringe contender. After having a rather patchy start to his UFC career, the 22-6 fighter has managed to turn things around hugely. He is currently on a five-fight win streak and has finished his last two opponents via TKO.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Marcin Tybura of Poland punches Ben Rothwell in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Tybura will likely have a hard time against the imposing stature of Alexander Volkov especially since ‘Drago’ has started using his reach well. However, the Polish heavyweight would be well advised to chop away at Volkov’s outside leg to set a pace. Not to mention, Volkov’s plotting stance can provide an opening to land some heavy overhands to seal the win.

Prediction: Alexander Volkov to claim a split decision victory

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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