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UFC Fight Night 121 Werdum Vs. Tybura: 10 Things You Should Know About Saturday's Card

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Fabricio Werdum and Marcin Tybura headline the latest card from the UFC in Australia this Saturday. The two heavyweights are attempting to position themselves for a run at the title. Werdum has already had his reign, but Tybura is still attempting to climb the ladder.

Fabricio Werdum will face Marcin Tybura on Saturday in Australia. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

This latest rung will likely be the trickiest he's faced. Werdum rebounded from a loss to Alistair Overeem with a quick submission win over Walt Harris in October. He's back quickly to try and derail Tybura's rise.

Here are the 10 things you should know about Saturday's card.

How to Watch

  • The UFC Fight Pass Prelims begin at 6:30 pm ET
  • FS1 Prelims begin at 8 pm ET
  • FS1 Main Card at 10 pm ET

Odds, Predictions And DraftKings Picks

Matchup Weight Class Odds Prediction DraftKings Pick?
Anthony Hamilton Vs. Adam Wieczorek Heavyweight Wieczorek -160, Hamilton +130 Wieczorek by TKO Wieczorek
Jenel Lausa Vs. Eric Shelton Men's Flyweight Shelton -400, Lausa +300 Shelton by UD
Alex Chambers Vs. Nadia Kaseem Strawweight Kaseem -150, Chambers +125 Kaseem by TKO Kaseem
Damien Brown Vs. Frank Camacho Lightweight Brown -114, -114 Camacho Brown by TKO Brown
Rashad Coulter Vs. Tai Tuivasa Heavyweight Tuivasa -187, Coulter +165 Coulter by TKO Coulter
Nik Lentz Vs. Will Brooks Lightweight Brooks -315, Lentz +270 Brooks by SUB
Ryan Benoit Vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian Men's Flyweight Benoit -221, Mokhtarian +179 Benoit by SUB
Alexander Volkanovski Vs. Shane Young Featherweight/ Lightweight Volkanovski -526, Young +375 Volkanovski by TKO
Elias Theodorou Vs. Daniel Kelly Middleweight Theodorou -221, Kelly +179 Theodorou by UD
Jake Matthews Vs. Bojan Velickovic Welterweight Matthews -169, Velickovic +141 Matthews by UD Matthews
Tim Means Vs. Belal Muhammad Welterweight Means -248, Muhammad +192 Means by TKO
Bec Rawlings Vs. Jessica Rose-Clark Women's Flyweight Rawlings -145, Clark +118 Rawlings by UD Rawlings
Fabricio Werdum Vs. Marcin Tybura Heavyweight Werdum -286, Tybura +190 Werdum by SUB

The Heavyweight Main Event Is Still On

Despite the unfortunate incident involving Werdum and welterweight contender Colby Covington, the main event is still on.

Werdum is reportedly potentially facing assault charges for his role in the fracas, but up to now, there's been no talk of pulling him from the main event. We'll be monitoring the situation moving forward to see what happens with Werdum on Saturday and immediately after the event.

Weigh-In Info

Three fighters on the card were grossly overweight at the weigh-ins and another missed by two pounds. Both Camacho and Kaseem came in four pounds overweight.

Benoit was almost as bad as he came in three pounds over. Rose-Clark was two pounds over for this her UFC debut. There was no word on any of the fighters being removed from the card, but the inability to make weight will result in the forfeiture of a portion of their purses.

This will be Kaseem's UFC debut. Here are the entire weigh-in results:

  • Fabricio Werdum (249) vs. Marcin Tybura (247)
  • Bec Rawlings (125) vs. Jessica-Rose Clark (128*)
  • Tim Means (170) vs. Belal Muhammad (170)
  • Jake Matthews (170) vs. Bojan Velickovic (170)
  • Elias Theodorou (185) vs. Dan Kelly (185)
  • Alexander Volkanovski (149) vs. Shane Young (147) 150-Pound Catchweight
  • Ryan Benoit (129*) vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian (125)
  • Will Brooks (156) vs. Nik Lentz (155)
  • Anthony Hamilton (261) vs. Adam Wieczorek (238.6)
  • Damien Brown (155) vs. Frank Camacho (160*)
  • Alex Chambers (115) vs. Nadia Kassem (120*)
  • Janel Lausa (124) vs. Eric Shelton (125)
  • Rashad Coulter (249) vs. Tai Tuivasa -(265)

You can watch the entire weigh-in below.

UFC History In Australia

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Jake Matthews celebrates his victory against Johnny Case during their UFC Lightweight Bout at UFC Brisbane on March 20, 2016, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Saturday's event will be the 12th from the promotion in Australia. It's the sixth in the Qudos Bank Arena (formerly known as Acer and AllPhones Arena). Eight of the fighters have fought in Australia for the UFC in the past. Matthews and Kelly have the most fights in Australia for the promotion at five apiece.

Matthews is 3-2 in his home country while Kelly has one loss in five fights before his countrymen. Rawlings is the only fighter on the card with two or more fights in Australia and no losses Down Under.

Ranked, Undefeated And Fighters With Long Win Streaks

SINGAPORE - June 17: Marcin Tybura of Poland in action during his fight against Andrei Arlovski of Belarus in the Heavyweight Bout during UFC Singapore Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17, 2017, in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

Werdum and Tybura are the only ranked fighters on the card. Werdum is No. 2 while Tybura sits at No. 8 heading into the event. Tybura has won three fights in a row and that run has afforded him this shot at one of the best heavyweights in the promotion.

That's the longest UFC win streak for any fighter on the card, but Volkanovski has won 14 consecutive fights overall and both scraps he's had in the UFC. Tuivasa (7-0) and Kaseem (4-0) are the only fighters scheduled to compete whose records are completely unblemished.

Both are making their UFC debuts on the card.

Fighters In Desperate Need of a Win

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Marcel Fortuna of Brazil hits Anthony Hamilton with a left in the first round in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Toyota Center on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Brooks came to the UFC with some fanfare, but he's lost his last two fights after winning his debut. If the former Bellator champion hopes to rise to similar heights in the UFC, he needs to beat Lentz. Matthews is another fighter hoping to avoid a three-fight losing streak. He has long been considered one of the best young prospects in the UFC.

At 23 years old, it's time he starts to get his arrow pointing upward again. A loss to the dangerous Velickovic could be disastrous. Rawlings has also lost two in a row. She's a major draw in Australia, but she has to be getting concerned about a potential release if she continues to look less than stellar in the Octagon.

Speaking of fighters treading on dangerous ground as it pertains to the infamous cut line, Hamilton has to be in a back-against-the-wall situation. The American heavyweight has lost three in a row with each of the defeats coming by way of stoppage.

If he loses to Wieczorek, it might be his last fight in the UFC.

Prelim Fight You Don't Want To Miss

Brown and Camacho aren't contenders and they probably never will be, but they could be on the cusp of delivering a memorable fight. Both of these men are straight-ahead brawlers who have no qualms trading shots and slugging it out with an opponent.

If I had to pick one fight that looks like the best of the night on paper, it would be the Brown-Camacho bout.

Bec Rawlings Could Only Co-Main Event In Australia

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Bec Rawlings (black) removes her mouthpiece after the Women's Strawweight Bout against Tecia Torres during UFC Fight Night at the Toyota Center on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Unless you're Australian, you probably looked at the co-main event with some level of confusion. Rawlings-Clark isn't exactly a tantalizing matchup. However, Rawlings is immensely popular in Australia and the country has become one of the strongest regions for the UFC.

Fans elsewhere can only hope the fight is better than expected.

Werdum Will Keep His Focus On Tybura

Many are concerned about Werdum keeping his focus on Tybura after the well-publicized skirmish with Covington. In this interview with Submission Radio, Werdum assures everyone he will have no issues tuning out the distractions.

Meanwhile, the UFC issued a statement saying it would investigate the situation. However, if the Cris Cyborg-Angela Magana incident is any precedence, neither man will be disciplined by the promotion. That said, Werdum could still face legal issues as Covington reportedly pressed charges for the alleged assault.

Werdum is a pro whose game is more advanced than Tybura's and he's far more experienced. I see him pushing the baggage to the side long enough to secure a submission win over Tybura.

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