Andrei Arlovski was a superstar heavyweight champ back when Dana White had hair. Since then, we’ve seen him exit the UFC, return, win some, and lose a lot. He is, quite sadly, a bit spent.
Marcin Tybura is no one special, just a big guy from Poland.
Round 1 opens with the former champ landing a sweet spinning back-kick, but when he throws another kick Tybura grabs it and throws him down. On the ground, the Pole dominates position, battering away as he eventually transitions to mount. For a rough four minutes Arlovski eats it, getting bloody and bruised, but he escapes back to the feet in the final 15 seconds and hits him with about 20 punches that drives the crowd wild.
Arlovski skips over the whole “get pounded into the canvas” things and resumes punching, forcing Tybura to cover up against the cage. But he’s tired, so he keeps switching to clinch-work – and he’ll never get a finish that way. Still, he survives, and probably takes the round on the scorecards.
Tybura needs to get the fight to the ground if he wants to win, and that’s exactly what he does early in the third. He’s moving slower due to exhaustion, but eventually he works to back-mount and mount and back again, and Arlovski is stuck. Time runs out and I’m thinking about going to Outback Steakhouse and getting a burger for lunch.
Results: Marcin Tybura def. Andrei Arlovski via Unanimous Decision