UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura
|UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura|
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||19 November 2017|
|Venue||Qudos Bank Arena|
UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura (also known as UFC Fight Night 121) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on 19 November 2017, at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
A heavyweight bout between the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix winner and former interim title contender Mark Hunt against Marcin Tybura was expected to serve as the event's headliner. However, on 10 October, Hunt was removed from the bout due to "medical concerns". He had recently admitted in an article trouble sleeping and said he's begin to stutter and slur his words. The UFC released a statement claiming that "the health-related statements made by Hunt represented the first time UFC was made aware of these claims". They also announced that it would be required that Hunt undergo further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future bout. As a result, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabrício Werdum was chosen as his replacement.
The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption welterweight winner Jesse Taylor was expected to face Belal Muhammad at the event. However, on 13 September, it was announced that Taylor was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential doping violation. He was flagged after an out-of-competition drug test conducted 22 August. He was replaced by Tim Means. On 13 October, USADA officially suspended Taylor one year for testing positive for anti-estrogen agent clomiphene.
Jeremy Kennedy was expected to face Alex Volkanovski at the event. However, Kennedy pulled out of the fight on 5 October citing a back injury. He was replaced by Humberto Bandenay. In turn, Bandenay pulled out of the fight on 6 November and was replaced by promotional newcomer Shane Young. The bout took place at a catchweight of 150 lbs.
A lightweight bout between former Bellator Lightweight Champion Will Brooks and Nik Lentz was previously scheduled for UFC 216. However, the pairing was scrapped during the weigh-ins for the event, as Lentz was stricken with "medical issues" and deemed unfit to compete. The fight took place at this event.
A heavyweight bout between promotional newcomer Adam Wieczorek and Anthony Hamilton was initially scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Till. However, the bout was removed a day before the event due to "safety concerns," as a few Lechia Gdańsk ultras – extreme and sometimes violent supporters of the local football team – showed up just prior to the weigh-ins. Wieczorek is a supporter of Ruch Chorzów, a Lechia Gdańsk rival team. The fighters were absent from ceremonial weigh-ins due to that reason, but the bout was eventually cancelled and rescheduled for this event.
Bec Rawlings was originally scheduled to compete against Joanne Calderwood at the event. However, on 7 November, it was announced that Calderwood withdrew from the event due to "undisclosed reasons". She was replaced by promotional newcomer Jessica-Rose Clark.
Jessica Rose-Clark, Ryan Benoit, Frank Camacho and Nadia Kassem missed weight at the official weigh-ins, coming in at 128, 129, 160 and 120 pounds, respectively. Rose-Clark and Benoit forfeited 20% and Camacho and Kassem forfeited 30% of their purses to their opponents and the bouts proceeded as catchweight bouts.
|Main Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Heavyweight||Fabrício Werdum||def.||Marcin Tybura||Decision (unanimous) (50–45, 50–45, 49–46)||5||5:00|
|Catchweight (128 lbs)||Jessica-Rose Clark||def.||Bec Rawlings||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Belal Muhammad||def.||Tim Means||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Jake Matthews||def.||Bojan Veličković||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Elias Theodorou||def.||Dan Kelly||Decision (unanimous) (30–28, 30–27, 30–26)||3||5:00|
|Catchweight (150 lbs)||Alexander Volkanovski||def.||Shane Young||Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–26, 30–26)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Catchweight (129 lbs)||Ryan Benoit||def.||Ashkan Mokhtarian||KO (head kick)||3||2:38|
|Lightweight||Nik Lentz||def.||Will Brooks||Submission (guillotine choke)||2||2:05|
|Heavyweight||Tai Tuivasa||def.||Rashad Coulter||KO (flying knee)||1||4:35|
|Catchweight (160 lbs)||Frank Camacho||def.||Damien Brown||Decision (split) (28–29, 30–27, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)|
|Catchweight (120 lbs)||Nadia Kassem||def.||Alex Chambers||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–27, 29–27)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Eric Shelton||def.||Jenel Lausa||Decision (unanimous) (30–27. 30–26, 30–25)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Adam Wieczorek||def.||Anthony Hamilton||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Frank Camacho vs. Damien Brown
- Performance of the Night: Nik Lentz and Tai Tuivasa
The event tied UFC 169, UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi and UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping for the most decisions at a single UFC event with 10. This event was also the longest UFC event with 3:04:18 of fight time.
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