UFC 278: Marcin Tybura Doesn’t See Alexander Romanov As the Next Big Thing

Salt Lake City, UT — Polish heavyweight Marcin Tybura is the latest obstacle standing in the way of undefeated Moldovan Alexander Romanov.

“16-0, quite impressive,” Tybura (22-7) admitted during the UFC 278 media day this week, asked about his opponent’s success. But despite that record and many seeing Romanov as the next big thing, Tybura isn’t seeing it.

“I’m not. I see me as the next big thing,” he countered. “But yeah, 16-0 is impressive, but I think he still needs something more than he’s shown right now. There’s lots of craziness in his fights. Lots of things that I see are not right. He has material for being in the rankings for a long time, maybe come to the title picture, but he’ll need more time after me.”

Despite the threat posed by Romanov’s wrestling, Tybura doesn’t appear to be overly concerned about being on his back. For one, he does have a Brazilian jiu-jitsu background. For another, he always looks to prepare for his opponent’s strengths, and works on wrestling every fight camp regardless.

“I always look for my opponent’s assets, and try to prepare for what he brings,” Tybura noted. “We trained wrestling, but we train wrestling for every opponent.”

Watch the full UFC 278 media day appearance from heavyweight Marcin Tybura above.