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Marcin Tybura and Blagoy Ivanov will face off Sunday at 1:00 a.m. for UFC Vegas 68. WeBeatTheSpread is here to break down his best prediction, pick, and odds ahead of UFC's fight night. Let's get into it!
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Marcin Tybura vs. Blagoy Ivanov: Best Bet for UFC Fight Night

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Marcin Tybura vs. Blagoy Ivanov Start Time, Where to Watch, Odds

  • Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
  • Start Time: 1:00 a.m. EST
  • Where to Watch: ESPN+

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Marcin Tybura vs. Blagoy Ivanov Prediction

Marcin Tybura, a polish fighter, is a well-rounded fighter with a solid grappling game and striking skills. He has a professional record of 23-7 with nine knockouts and six submissions. Tybura is coming off one of the best wins of his career, as he took down Alexander Romanov last time out by decision as a +275 underdog, establishing his spot as a top-10 heavyweight. One of Tybura's most underrated assets is his skilled ground game, as he has recently achieved a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also very difficult to finish, having only been stopped four times in his career in 30 fights, which is low for a heavyweight. Tybura is looking to build off one of the bigger wins in his career against Ivanov.

Blagoy Ivanov, who is from Bulgaria, is a powerful striker with a base in kickboxing. He has a professional record of 19-4 with six wins by knockout and six by submission. Ivanov is a veteran of multiple organizations, floating from Bellator to World Series Of Fighting, to PFL, and now the UFC. Ivanov is most comfortable on the feet, where he likes to set up combinations and pick his opponents apart. Ivanov is now 3-3 inside the UFC, but he is coming off a win against Marcos Rogerio de Lima. He also has a win against the contender Tai Tuivasa. All three of Ivanov's UFC wins have been by decision, which has been a problem for him.

This matchup between Tybura and Ivanov is an interesting stylistic battle. Tybura will look to use his grappling skills to control the fight and neutralize Ivanov's striking game. He will likely try to take the fight to the ground and keep it there as much as possible. Ivanov, on the other hand, will look to use his striking to keep Tybura at bay and look for the knockout. He will also likely try to avoid going to the ground, where Tybura is most dangerous.

In terms of who will come out on top, I think it is Tybura. Both fighters are well-rounded and experienced, but Tybura is more well-rounded and stays busier throughout the fight. If Tybura can take Ivanov down and control the fight on the ground, he will come out on top, which is the path to victory I see for Tybura.

With how well both men can eat a shot, this fight likely goes to the scorecards, which is an odd thing to say in the heavyweight division. The fight is favored to go three rounds. In this case, I have to side with Tybura. He has better cardio, and he can also use his takedowns late in the fight as the fresher fighter. Ivanov has a solid chin, but his cardio still doesn't seem to hold up for an entire fight. Tybura averages more strikes per minute on the feet, and if he stays busy, that will open up his entries on the ground to use his black belt. Tybura has the better wins against better wins on his resume, including a win over the headliner on this card, Serghei Spivac. Tybura wins this fight, and I'm also taking a sprinkle on his submission prop.

Marcin Tybura vs. Blagoy Ivanov Pick

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Ben Rajavuori is a handicapper out of Minneapolis, MN. He has been creating sports content for almost four years now and is an expert in all things NFL, MLB, NBA, UFC, and NCAAB. Ben thrives on diving deep into statistics to find the best angle on every bet. You can follow him on Twitter @WeBeatTheSpread.

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