The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 133 – Las Vegas: Marcin Tybura, featuring Demetrious Johnson

Episode No. 133 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

Cold Coffee is wrapping up his vacation in Spain, so John Morgan is rolling solo since “The MMA Road Show” never misses a beat. Morgan recounts his experience at UFC 216 and shares a few minutes of an exuberant Demetrious Johnson. Morgan also discusses a few hot topics in MMA, including the ongoing Mark Hunt saga, and shares an interview with UFC Fight Night 121 headliner Marcin Tybura.

Listen below, or check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.

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Mark Hunt threatens another lawsuit after fight removal, curses 'bald-headed prick' Dana White

Mark Hunt is furious about his removal from the UFC Fight Night 121 main event and said he plans on taking action toward the UFC and company president Dana White.

New broke on Tuesday that Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) had been pulled from his scheduled UFC Fight Night 121 headliner with Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) due to “medical concerns” stemming from recent statements about brain trauma sustained during his career. He’s been replaced by Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC)

Hunt was apparently not on board with the UFC’s decision, and he made it well known on social media (via Instagram):

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@danawhite u peice of shit motherfuker why u fuckers pull me from the fight u getting another lawsuit u fuckwit u can kiss my ass u bald headed prick🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕🖕 u put that chicken shit bitch in get fucked cocksucker

Hunt already has an ongoing lawsuit with the UFC stemming from his UFC 200 bout with Brock Lesnar in July 2016. The promotion waved a drug testing rule for its U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) program that allowed the former UFC heavyweight champion to make a short-notice return to the octagon, then Lesnar subsequently failed multiple drug tests around the time of the fight.

“The Super Samoan” apparently plans to take further legal action over the UFC not allowing him to fight at UFC Fight Night 121, which takes place Nov. 18 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC cites 'medical concerns,' pulls Mark Hunt from UFC Fight Night 121 in favor of Fabricio Werdum

UFC officials today announced that Mark Hunt will no longer compete in the promotions’s return to Australia.

Citing “medical concerns,” Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) has been pulled from a planned headlining matchup with Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at November’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena. Fresh off a win at this past weekend’s UFC 216, Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) replaces Hunt in the night’s main event.

Hunt recently penned a piece for PlayersVoice.com.au entitled “If I die fighting, that’s fine,” in which he admitted trouble sleeping and said he’s begin to stutter and slur his words. That prompted UFC officials to pull the 43-year-old slugger from the card.

“Following a recent first-person article published by UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt, UFC has taken the precautionary steps of removing Hunt from a previously announced bout in Sydney, Australia,” a statement first issued to News.com.au read. “The health-related statements made by Hunt in the article represent the first time UFC was made aware of these claims. Athlete health and safety is of the utmost importance to the organization and it would never knowingly schedule an athlete complaining of health issues for a fight. The organization will require that Hunt undergo further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future UFC bout.”

Hunt immediately took to social media to voice his displeasure with the promotion’s decision.

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For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Mark Hunt wanted Fabricio Werdum rematch in Sydney, but 'he is getting a manicure'

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Mark Hunt was seeking a bout with a top-ranked heavyweight at UFC Fight Night in Sydney later this year. Unfortunately, no one on his wish list was available, so he was forced to settle for Marcin Tybura as an opponent.

Although Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) has spent more than two decades competing in combat sports and is not one to avoid any fight, he did have his sights set on a rematch with Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who beat him by second-round knockout in a short-notice fight at UFC 180 in November 2014.

Hunt said he was angling for another fight against the Brazilian at the Sydney event – or possibly even in Japan next month. However, he claims Werdum didn’t want it (and instead is “getting a manicure), and the fight with Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was then booked (via Instagram):

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UFC Fight Night in Sydney, which takes place Nov. 19 at Qudos Bank Arena, marks the 11th time the UFC has headed to Australia and fourth to Sydney. Due to the time change, the card airs on Nov. 18 in the U.S. on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The UFC recently made the bout official (via Twitter):

Hunt, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, is coming off a fourth-round TKO win over Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 110 in June. The fight snapped a two-fight skid for “The Super Samoan” and put him in position to headline an event in Australia for the fourth time.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Sydney, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Mark Hunt to headline UFC Fight Night in Sydney vs. Marcin Tybura

Mark Hunt’s career just keeps on trucking.

Hunt, coming off a hard-fought win in his last fight, will return to face Marcin Tybura in the main event of the upcoming UFC Fight Night event in the Australian capital city of Sydney.

Polish website Lowking.pl first reported the match, which MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed with multiple UFC officials. A formal announcement is expected early next week.

The event, which takes place Nov. 19 at Qudos Bank Arena, marks the 11th time the UFC has headed to Australia and fourth to Sidney. Due to the time change, the card airs on Nov. 18 in the U.S. on FS1.

Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) earned a grueling fourth-round TKO win over Derrick Lewis in June at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland, New Zealand. In the immediate aftermath of the fight, Hunt, 43, hinted at the possibility of retirement but wasn’t certain.

“Anybody above me is good,” Hunt said of who he wanted to face next. “I stepped down for Derrick because he was No. 6, but anyone above me, I’ll take. I’ve only got a few more fights left, so for me, if it ended here tonight, so be it. I’ve had a good run. I’ve had a lot of fun, traveled the world. But it looks like it’s still continuing.”

Indeed it is, and Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is an interesting choice of opponent considering Hunt currently is No. 6 in the official UFC heavyweight rankings, while Tybura sits at No. 10.

Tybura will be coming off of a unanimous-decision win in June at UFC Fight Night 111, where he handed Andre Arlovski his fifth straight loss. It marked Tybura’s third straight victory.

For more on UFC in Sydney, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Robert Whittaker and UFC 213's other winning fighters?

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The UFC middleweight division crowned an interim champion on Saturday when Robert Whittaker defeated Yoel Romero in the UFC 213 co-headliner.

With champion Michael Bisping on the sidelines, Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) claimed the interim 185-pound crown with a unanimous-decision victory over Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in the pay-per-view bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Prelims aired on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Also on the main card, Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Curtis Blaydes (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC), and Rob Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) defeated their opponents for important wins in their respective careers.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 213’s most notable winning fighters.

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Anthony Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC)

Should fight: James Vick
Why they should fight:
It’s not unfair to overstate the importance of Pettis’ unanimous-decision victory over Jim Miller in his return to the lightweight division after a disastrous run at featherweight.

Pettis missed weight for an interim title fight with Max Holloway at UFC 206 in December and then was stopped with strikes for the first time in his career. He’s won just one of five fights prior to beating Miller, and even after coming off the win, it seems like “Showtime” is still at a crossroads.

The fall-off from Pettis’ tenure as UFC champ is significant, but at 30, hope is far from lost. He needs to take a reasonable approach to his career going forward, and that means not jumping back into the fold against top-five competition.

Vick (11-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is by no means an easy out for Pettis, but he’s a fighter who has not yet proven he can beat fighters who have accomplished what the former UFC champ has in his career. If Vick could beat Pettis that would elevate his status, but if Pettis won he would be on a winning streak for the first time in three years, and giving a fighter that type of confidence should not be ignored.

Curtis Blaydes

Should fight: Winner of Timothy Johnson vs. Junior Albini at UFC on FOX 25
Why they should fight: Blaydes was pegged as the biggest betting favorite on the card, and he came through victorious when he defeated a durable heavyweight foe in Daniel Omielanczuk by unanimous decision.

Blaydes is considered a fighter with a bright future in the heavyweight division and continued to show hints of promise against a seasoned opponent. He’s won three-straight after stumbling in his octagon debut but has still displayed frequent moments of inexperience, which indicates he shouldn’t yet be thrown into the top 15.

“Razor” must continue to fight opponents of a similar level, and the winner of the UFC on FOX 25 fight on July 22 between Johnson (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Albini (13-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) should provide a fight with closer odds than the one with Omielanczuk.

Alistair Overeem

Should fight: Marcin Tybura
Why they should fight: Overeem eclipsed Fabricio Werdum in their trilogy fight more than 11 years after the first meeting between the heavyweights when he scored a narrow majority-decision victory in a key bout for the weight class.

The Dutchman has been campaigning for a rematch with Stipe Miocic since he fell short in a title fight at UFC 203 in September. He’s put together back-to-back wins over Werdum and Mark Hunt since, and given the state of the weight class, that could be enough to warrant another title shot. UFC President Dana White, however, said “The Reem” is not next in line.

Miocic has wiped out most of the heavyweight contenders over the past few years, save for a few names who will likely slide into a title fight before Overeem. He will likely have to fight down in competition, and a matchup with Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) could keep Overeem busy.

There’s no question Overeem would be a considerable favorite against Tybura, who is riding a three-fight winning streak including a recent win over former UFC champ Andrei Arlovski. It’s one of the few names he hasn’t faced, though, and for Tybura it would give him the chance to break through from a middling contender into an elite one.

Robert Whittaker

Should fight: Michael Bisping
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Whittaker should fight Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) in a middleweight title unification bout next.

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Marcin Tybura's victory over Andrei Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 111

In just the fourth fight of his UFC career, Marcin Tybura picked up a signature victory when he defeated former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 111 co-main event.

Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) handed Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) his fifth consecutive defeat in the most high-profile fight of his young career, announcing his arrival in the division with the unanimous decision win in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Tybura’s victory over Arlovski at UFC Fight Night 111.

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 111 results: Marcin Tybura outworks Andrei Arlovski, hands ex-champ 5th straight loss

Marcin Tybura didn’t exactly sprint across the finish line, but he still managed to edge out Andrei Arlovski in a heavyweight battle that slowed to a crawl by the end.

After nearly finishing the fight in the first round only to have the tables turned on him late, Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) used his takedowns and his ground control to grind out a win over Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC), earning the unanimous decision with scores of 29-28, 28-27, and 29-27.

The heavyweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 111 event at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Tybura was at his best when he was at his freshest in this fight, though that period didn’t last long. After taking Arlovski down early in the first, he soon got to full mount and began peppering Arlovski with a series of ceaseless, though not exactly devastating strikes from above.

Arlovski did just enough to survive that assault for most of the round, then managed to scramble up in the final minute and ended the round on offense, hammering blows at a visibly exhausted Tybura, who could do little more than cover up and wait for the horn.

Both men’s paces slowed considerably in the second, with the fight devolving into a clinch battle that gave neither a clear edge. But with Arlovski trying to rally in the third, Tybura scored a critical takedown that allowed him to ride out the final round on top, effectively halting Arlovski’s momentum and dooming him to a slow-motion defeat.

With that, Tybura convinced all three judges to give him the bout with an array of scores, even if both men ended up similarly exhausted.

Tybura has now won three in a row, with his last loss coming over a year ago. Arlovski has lost his last five bouts.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 111 results include:

For complete coverage UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Singapore.)

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UFC Fight Night 111 staff picks: Despite 3-fight skid, Holly Holm inspires unanimous confidence

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Holm
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Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
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Simon Samano
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Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
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Dann Stupp
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Dos Anjos
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 53-36
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Dos Anjos
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 52-37
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Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
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Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 51-38
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George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 51-38
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John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
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The UFC returns to Singapore on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 111, featuring a former champion at the top of the card.

UFC Fight Night 111 takes place Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) takes on former title challenger Bethe Correia (10-2-1 MMA, 4-2-1 UFC). Holm is a significant favorite in the fight (more than 6-1 at some online sports books) and will be looking to snap a three-fight skid that includes the loss of the 135-pound title and a loss in the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title fight.

But her skid isn’t stopping anyone from confidence in her against Brazil’s Correia. Holm is the only unanimous choice among our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts for this week’s card.

In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (25-14 MMA, 14-8 UFC) will try to snap a four-fight skid when he meets Marcin Tybura (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who is a -250 favorite. But those odds don’t seem to matter much to half our staff. We’re split down the middle at 5-5 on the fight between the big men.

Also on the card, Colby Covington (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) takes on Dong Hyun Kim (22-3-1 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in a welterweight fight. Rising star Covington is more than a 3-1 favorite over the veteran Korean fighter, and has a 6-4 edge in our picks. And to open the main card, former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-9 MMA, 14-7 UFC) moves up to welterweight to take on former Strikeforce champ Tarec Saffiedine (16-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC). Brazil’s “RDA” is a 3-1 favorite and an 8-2 pick from our staff.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Holm, Arlovski, Kim and dos Anjos are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 111's Marcin Tybura just wants to be the guy they call when a legend is available

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SINGAPORE – Like everyone who signs with the UFC, heavyweight Marcin Tybura joined to prove he is the world’s best fighter in his division.

When the promotion came calling with Andrei Arlovski, he figured he was doing the right thing.

“The UFC is mixing the new, upcoming fighters with the legends like Arlovski,” Tybura said of his UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout with the ex-champ Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. “I think lots of young fighters in this division, we’re coming to the top, and I want to be one of those. This fight is an opportunity for me to show it.”

The fight with Arlovski (25-14 MMA, 14-8 UFC) represents a big leap in prestige for Tybura (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who’s finished his previous two opponents via knockout. For Arlovski, it may be the last chance to stay in the UFC after a four-loss skid.

Despite Arlovski’s recent slide, Tybura is surprised he’s considered a favorite in the bout. He said the ex-champ hasn’t faced easy opponents and indicated he’s still a tremendously skilled fighter.

Nevertheless, Tybura is looking to add Arlovski’s name to his resume as a win, and climb the UFC’s ranks at the same time.

Watch the above video to hear his thoughts on the fight.

For more on UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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