Marcin Tybura has both a new opponent and a new date.
MMA Fighting was the first to report the news that Walt Harris will be replacing Tybura’s original opponent Blagoy Ivanov. Tybura and Ivanov were originally supposed to fight at UFC 260, but now Harris will step in, and the fight will take place three months later on June 5.
Tybura had previously confirmed that he had a “new rival, new date, new contract.” Harris later confirmed the booking on social media.
Tybura (21-6) will look to continue where he left off in 2020. He went 4-0, capping off his year with a Performance of the Night bonus. Tybura kicked off his year in February by defeating Sergey Spivak via a unanimous decision. He snapped Maxim Grishin’s nine-fight winning streak dating back to 2017 in his next fight. The Polish fighter would return three months later to defeat Ben Rothwell via a unanimous decision. Tybura would end his year by being the first man to finish Greg Hardy and did so by TKO. Tybura will be looking to take his opponent’s No. 11 ranking.
Harris (13-9) did not have the best 2020. He returned to action following the tragic murder of his stepdaughter in May. He would almost stop Alistair Overeem in the first round but would ultimately end up finished himself in the second. The Alabama native would return five months later at UFC 254 on ‘Fight Island’ and lose via TKO to Alexander Volkov.
The only other fight reported for the June 5 UFC event is Manon Fiorot vs. Maryna Moroz.