The move to the Las Vegas camp also seems to have paid off with a much-needed win over Sergey Spivak.
Norfolk, VA — Heavyweight Marcin Tybura entered UFC Norfolk arguably with his back to the wall. Badly in need of a win, having gone 1-4 in five fights prior. And at a new team in Syndicate MMA out in Las Vegas.
Speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press following his three-round decision win over Sergey Spivak, Tybura admitted that “there was some pressure.”
“I didn’t feel it before [the fight], but during the fight. It was a really important fight for me,” he explained. “I really wanted to win. Maybe I did [feel it] Saturday.”
Tybura is well aware that the win wasn’t the prettiest. The grappling-heavy bout was something of a grind. “I was hoping to show much better, I was prepared better.” But still, he added, “A win is a win. I feel good.”
Tybura expected to have a grappling edge in the fight, and it showed. “He’s a Sambo guy too, so he can grapple.” But that said, Tybura’s career has seen him pile up wins by submission. “The grappling was on my side, I pretty much knew it before. I lot of my wins are by submission, so I’m confident about my grappling.”
Heading into the fight, despite the slump, “I didn’t doubt myself, I just started to become confident over the time when I come to the fight.” That confidence was buoyed by the move to Syndicate MMA. “I just joined a new team right now. I work with John Wood, a new coach. That’s something we have to adjust to incorporate together. And that turned out to be good.”
The move, said Tybura, has “been great. I moved to Las Vegas, staying there. Different perspective, maybe not changing me completely, but seeing stuff another way. Adding some technique, and that worked out.”
Watch the full UFC Norfolk post-fight press scrum with Marcin Tybura above!