Mark Hunt to Headline UFC Sydney Against Marcin Tybura

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UFC heavyweight fan favorite Mark Hunt, fresh off a hard-fought win against Derrick Lewis, has his next assignment. The Super Samoan will return to face Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Sydney this November. The heavyweight showdown at UFC Fight Night 121 was first reported by Poland’s, who note that the fight will serve as the main event for the card.

Hunt (13–11–1 (1)), who recently lashed out at the idea of a Brock Lesnar vs. Jon Jones superfight, and who has previously taken legal action against the UFC and Lesnar stemming from Lesnar’s failed UFC 200 drug test, will be fighting for the third time in 2017 with this booking. That’s the first time he has hit that pace in four years; 2013 saw Hunt go 1-1-1 against Stefan Struve, Junior dos Santos, and Bigfoot Silva, respectively.

Prior to the Lewis fight, which Hunt finished in the fourth round at UFC Fight Night 110, Hunt was stopped by Alistair Overeem at UFC 209. The 43-year old continues to be a threat in the division thanks to his crushing knockout power, but has hinted at retirement in recent months.

In Marcin Tybura (16–2), Hunt, ranked sixth in the UFC official rankings, will face the tenth ranked heavyweight in the promotion. Tybura, a former M-1 champion, most recently fought to a unanimous decision victory against former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 111. He’s currently on a three-fight win streak dating back to August of last year.

UFC Sydney, numerically UFC Fight Night 121, will take place at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia on November 19 (November 18 in North America). A heavyweight bout between Rashad Coulter and Tai Tuivasa is also expected to appear on the card.