Tom Aspinall Marcin Tybura

Tom Aspinall returns to face Marcin Tybura at UFC London this summer

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the o2 Arena in London, England on July 22, 2023, for UFC on ESPN 49.

Headlining the event is a clash of heavyweight contenders, as no. 5 ranked Tom Aspinall (12-3) faces of with no. 10 ranked former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura (24-7).

This will be exactly 364 days out from Tom Aspinall’s latest performance, an outing he suffered a knee injury just 15 seconds into his main event slot with no. 4 ranked Curtis Blaydes.

Prior to that, Aspinall had looked nearly unstoppable through his first five promotional bouts, securing finishes in all five performances, the latter three coming over the likes of former UFC champion Andre Arlovski (rear naked choke), Sergey Spivak (TKO), and former Bellator & M-1 champion Alexander Volkov (armbar).

Marcin Tybura on the other hand had a bit of a rockier start to his promotional tenure, going 4-5 through his first nine bouts. However, since then he’s gone 7-1 over his last eight, his latest two victories coming over the likes of former EFC champion Alexander Romanov (majority decision) and former WSOF and PFL heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov (unanimous decision).

Tybura became the first man to ever defeat then undefeated Romanov (16-0), and he too, like Aspinall, has wins over Arlovski (unanimous decision) and Spivak (unanimous decision), though his lone defeat in that time came against Volkov about five months before Aspinall defeated him.

This is a very intriguing matchup of solid strikers that boast black belts in BJJ.

Who do you see coming out on top in this heavyweight main event going down at UFC on ESPN 49?

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