January 31, 2023 4 min read


Marcin Tybura vs Blagoy Ivanov UFC Odds, Time, and Prediction

Marcin Tybura vs Blagoy Ivanov is one of the hottest matchups of UFC Fight Night 218, an event taking place this coming Saturday in Vegas

Marcin Tybura and Blagoy Ivanov are two veteran heavyweights who think they deserve more praise in the UFC. Tybura is currently 10th in the divisional rankings with an overall career record of 23-7. Ivanov is sitting in 15th place, with a 19-4-1 career record. Whoever wins the fight on February 4 is likely to go up in the UFC rankings, as well as get a chance to fight an even tougher opponent next time.

Marcin Tybura vs Blagoy Ivanov Odds

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*Odds taken from FanDuel on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

When, Where, and How to Watch?

  • Place: UFC Apex in Vegas
  • Date: Saturday, February 4, 2023
  • Time: ~7:00 PM ET
  • How to Watch: UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+

Marcin Tybura Ready for Another Grinding

The Polish fighter lost just one of the seven fights he’s fought since the start of the decade. The loss in question happened to Alexander Volkov who beat him by decision. In his most recent fight, Tybura defeated Alexander Romanov by the same method. In fact, 11 of Tybura’s pro fights ended this way (eight were wins).

Add to that the fact that seven of his 23 wins happened by technical knockout, and you’ll understand what kind of a fighter Tybura is. Rather than going for a finish in the first round, he likes to bully his opponents for all 15 minutes.

He’s a grinder who lands a lot of strikes, with his average being 3.61 significant strikes per minute. Tybura also often tries to take the opponent down. He’s now always successful (his TD accuracy is 32%), but he does end up making 1.42 TDs per fight.

Blagoy Ivanov Doesn’t Get Grinded

Sure, all UFC fighters are tough as nails, but Ivanov is special. The Bulgarian fighter never stops fighting even when facing a much stronger rival. The former PFL and WSOF champion is great defensively, while also having decent stamina for a heavyweight. As a result, he’s incredibly hard to beat inside the distance.

The evidence of this is that even though he’s lost three fights since joining the UFC, he’s without a defeat inside the distance in this competition. Actually, Ivanov has only one loss before the final bell – Alexander Volkov defeated him by submission at Bellator 120 in 2014.

Still not convinced that Ivanov is one of the toughest fighters in the world? If so, here’s one fun fact for you. Back in 2012, Ivanov was the victim of a knife attack, in which he suffered a lung puncture. Doctors spend six hours fighting for his life and he stayed in critical condition for about a month and a half. He barely survived the incident, but that didn’t make him give up on his MMA dream.

In 2013, he returned to the ring, winning by submission in his comeback fight. Then, he went on to win another eight fights in various promotions (while losing just one), which is what got him on the radar of UFC promoters.

Marcin Tybura vs Blagoy Ivanov Prediction

We don’t think either of these fighters has the ability to finish the other one. Instead, we think this fight will drag on until the final bell. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t think this is going to be a slug fest, but we also don’t think we’ll witness a spectacular finish.

We’re almost 100% certain the fight winner will be decided by the judges, but who will they vote for? It can go either way, really, but if we had to pick one of them, we’d go with Ivanov. The main reason is that the Bulgarian fighter has fought some real A-list fighters over the last couple of years (Tai Tuivasa, Derrick Lewis, Augusto Sakai, etc.). He did well against them, so why wouldn’t he do the same against Tybura?

Pick: Blagoy Ivanov to win by decision


Jessie is our resident sports specialist with over 4 years of experience in sports journalism. She's worked with several prominent online sports news outlets in the past and has accrued specialist insight across a wide range of sports markets. Combined with her own love and excitement of sports, having competed at a national level during college, she aims to improve sports coverage value for our readers at GamblingNews.

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