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UFC Sydney: Mark Hunt vs Marcin Tybura headline the UFC’s return to Australia

Mark Hunt vs Marcin Tybura has been announced as the main event of UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney. We preview the matchup and look at who else could feature on the card.

Australian fans will welcome heavyweight superstar Mark Hunt to Sydney in November as he challenges evolving heavyweight Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Fight Night 121 at Qudos Bank Arena.

The Super Samoan

Mark Hunt enters this fight with Marcin Tybura after scoring a decisive stoppage victory over Derrick Lewis at UFC Auckland in June. It was Hunt’s second fight in three months, and his bout with Tybura will mark his third fight for 2017. Hunt’s ongoing dispute with the UFC hasn’t altered his ability to secure big-time fights, with Tybura and Lewis ranking as both exciting and arduous opponent’s for the former Pride and Dream athlete.

Hunt’s careful dissection of the powerful Derrick Lewis proved that he still has plenty to offer the sport of mixed martial arts. Lewis had quickly been climbing the rankings and was arguably in reach of a dance with UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic if he was to defeat Hunt. The New Zealand native had other ideas, though, and slowed the pace down before skillfully timing the right opportunities to strike. It was a much a needed win for Hunt to erase the memories of a devastating knockout loss to Alistair Overeem and a no-contest with Brock Lesnar at UFC 200 which has since infuriated Hunt.

A rising star

Marcin Tybura has burst onto the scene after scoring three consecutive UFC wins against Viktor Pesta, Luis Henrique, and Andrei Arlovski. Arlovski somehow survived a round of brutal ground and pound from the Polish fighter before making it through all three rounds in front of the fans in Singapore. Tybura has an entire arsenal of fast and powerful leg kicks that will prove to be an intriguing match for Hunt’s expert timing and distance management. A win over Mark Hunt will push Tybura further up the UFC’s heavyweight rankings and right up there with the likes of rising star Francis N’Gannou.

What else can we expect at UFC Fight Night 121?

The heavyweight showdown between Hunt and Tybura is the second bout that has been confirmed for the UFC’s return to Australia. Joining this main event showdown is another heavyweight battle between Tai Tuivasa and Rashad Coulter.

Recently signed Australian 11-0 prospect Rob Wilkinson could ideally feature at the Sydney event if he makes it past Siyar Bahadurzada relatively unscathed at UFC Fight Night 115 next month.

After having his four-fight win streak viciously shut down by Derek Brunson at UFC New Zealand, Dan Kelly should be aiming for a return to the octagon in home soil, as well.

Ben Nguyen calls Australia his home and is coming off a spectacular 49-second submission victory over Tim Elliot at UFC New Zealand. Nguyen should be aiming high in the UFC’s flyweight division after defeating Elliot, and he could score a big-name flyweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 121.

Australian Jake Matthews could make his return to the octagon after losing to Andrew Holbrook at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne, Australia last year. Matthews has been actively calling out Sage Northcutt and Mickey Gall on Twitter for a dance at UFC Sydney.

You can watch UFC Fight Night 121 on Fox Sports 1 on November 18th (North America) or November 19th if you’re Australian.

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Jake Nichols

Jake is RealSport's MMA editor. Based in South East Asia, Jake provides comprehensive coverage of ONE Championship while also sharing his thoughts on UFC and Bellator.

UFC Sydney: Mark Hunt vs Marcin Tybura headline the UFC’s return to Australia

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