UFC heavyweight Marcin Tybura picked up a nice win at UFC 251 over Maxim Grishin.
One of the more interesting pairings on the UFC 251 preliminary card, at least on paper, was the featured early prelim. The heavyweight contest saw Maxim Grishin making his UFC debut. Welcoming him to the octagon was long-serving Polish heavyweight Marcin Tybura.
The wrinkle was the weight: Grishin had been competing as a light heavyweight, most recently in the PFL. For UFC 251, he’d weight in at 223lbs — 29lbs lighter than his opponent.
Not a lot of action in round one as it was Tybura walking Grishin down. Tybura put Grishin against the cage to try and ware on him being the bigger guy. Grishin eventually got out only to be pressed right back against the cage. Tybura did get the single leg takedown nd held position to the bell.
To start round two Grishin had a lot of space but wasn’t landing nor was he throwing anything. Tybura not throwing much but is the one walking forward. Tybura like in round one would put Grishin against the cage. Using his weight it’s hard for Grishin to get away being a natural 205er. Grishin had an opportunity getting free but failed to get anything off before getting taken down by Tybura.
Although it might not be the fan-friendly style from Tybura it is a smart one pressing the smaller Grishin to the cage. Tybura eventually got the scoop takedown midways in the final round. Tybura would get the mount and take the back of the very tired Maxim Grishin. Staying active on the back landing punches causing blood to drop from the nose of Grishin. Tybura ends the fight with a dominant round three.
Marcin Tybura def. Maxim Grishin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)