Explosive Predictions for UFC Fight Night: Tuivasa vs. Tybura – Insider Picks Unveiled

Tai Tuivasa (9) vs. Marcin Tybura (10)

Both coming off of losses inside the distance, Tuivasa (15-6-0) is looking to snap his three fight losing streak against Tybura (24-8-0). Tybura having lost last to Tom Aspinall (14-3-0) in Round 1 though is nothing to scoff at. While Tuivasa’s losses are also to great fighters in Alexander Volkov (37-10-0), Sergei Pavlovich (18-2-0), and Ciryl Gane (12-2-0).

A few physical things to note here are that Tybura is 8 years older than Tuivasa and is nearing 40 at 38 years old. He does have some advantages though, such as being 1″ inch taller, having a 3″ inch reach advantage with his arms, and an almost 7″ inch advantage in leg reach. Another interesting thing to take account of is that Tybura’s last weigh in weight was 246.0 lbs while Tuivasa’s was 265.6 lbs, an around 20 lbs difference at the weigh in alone.

I think this is a pretty close fight, Tuivasa has been shown to struggle against longer and taller fighters than himself but the difference isn’t as wide as it has been in his past fights. He is also younger, stronger, and more powerful. Having a 20 lbs weight difference will also help as well. I think Tybura will give him fits for a while but eventually he will get caught and put out. At 38 years old I don’t trust his athleticism to be able to keep up.

Pick: Tuivasa (KO/TKO: 100%)

Bryan Battle (UNR) vs. Ange Loosa (UNR)

Ultimate Fighter winner Bryan Battle (10-2-0) takes on Ange Loosa (10-3-0) in a fight of welterweight prospects for the co-main event. Both of these fighters are coming off of wins in their last contests and have only lost to some good contenders in their own right. For example. Loosa has losses to Mounir Lazzez (11-3-0) and Jack Della Maddalena (17-2-0). While Battle lost to Rinat Fakhretdinov (22-2-1) by UD but put up a good fight not getting finished.

Physically, Battle has a 3″ inch height advantage, a 3″ inch arm reach advantage, and a 2.5″ inch leg reach difference advantage. Both men are 29 years old and have a common opponent in AJ Fletcher (10-3-0), who Battle was able to submit in Round 2 while Loosa won a unanimous decision.

I think in this fight, Battle will use his reach and height advantage and keep Loosa on the outside. Loosa has never been finished and is obviously a powerhouse of a fighter, but I think Battle is too technical and will edge out a decision.

Pick:  Battle (Decision: 80%, Submission 20%)

Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Ovince St. Preux

Nzechukwu (12-4-0) was riding a 3 fight win streak inside the distance before his most recent loss to Dustin Jacoby (19-8-1) in the first round back in August of 2023. St. Preux (26-17-0) has been around the block a few times and his last fight was a Round 1 loss to Philipe Lins (18-5-0). Before that, he won a split decision against Maurício Rua (27-14-1).

Some advantages Nzechukwu has are that he is 9 years younger than the 40 year old St. Preux, a 2″ inch height advantage, a 3″ inch arm reach advantage, and a 2″ inch leg reach advantage. He also has way less miles on him with only 16 fights to St. Preux’s 28 fights.

I am going to go with Nzechukwu inside the distance in this one. I think St. Preux is just too old at this point to compete with the young bucks of the division. Nzechukwu is a powerful, tall, and aggressive fighter. I think he will finish this one by KO.

Pick: Nzechukwu (KO/TKO: 100%)

Christian Rodriguez vs. Isaac Dulgarian

This should be a fun one! Two young fighters that are hungry to showcase their talents. Rodriguez (10-1-0) has some nice wins over Cameron Saaiman (9-1-0) and Raul Rosas Jr. (8-1-0), who were both undefeated prior to their bouts with Rodriguez. Dulgarian (6-0-0) is hot off of a TKO win over Francis Marshall (7-2-0) in Round 1 but before that has some questionable wins.

Rodriguez and Dulgarian are almost identical physically, they both are 5’7″ and Rodriguez has a super slight 0.5″ inch arm reach advantage. Dulgarian is one year older at 27 to Christian’s 26. Rodriguez is also going up a weight class for this fight. He has missed weight twice before and seemed to be big for the weight class.

I think Rodriguez is going to take another 0 and beat Dulgarian via decision. After seeing him defend against Rosas Jr., I don’t see Dulgarian getting him down and controlling him like he did to Marshall.

Pick: Rodriguez (Decision: 80%), Dulgarian (Decision: 20%)

Pannie Kianzad (6) vs. Macy Chiasson (10)

These two had already fought way back in 2018, with Chiasson (8-3-0) winning by submission in Round 2. Since then, Kianzad (16-7-0) is looking to finally get revenge as she feels she has improved during that time.

Both of these women are coming off losses in their last fight. Chiasson has a 4″ inch height advantage, 4″ inch arm reach advantage, and a 3″ inch leg reach advantage. Other than that, they are both the same age at 32 years old.

Although I believe Kianzad has improved, I also think Chiasson has in the amount of time that has passed since they fought. I feel as though Kianzad will have enough to not get submitted this time, but not enough to defeat Chiasson. Let’s go with Chiasson by decision.

Pick: Chiasson (Decision: 90%, Submission: 10%)

Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bryan Barberena

Barberena (18-11-0) is looking to end his 3 fight losing streak against Meerschaert (35-17-0) who is riding an even longer losing streak of 4. Although, 2 of Meerschaert’s losses are in strictly grappling instead of MMA.

Meerschaert is 1″ inch taller and has a 5″ inch arm reach advantage and 1″ inch leg reach advantage. Barberena is two years younger than Gerald at 34 years old. They both have a common opponent in Makhmud Muradov (26-8-0). Meerschaert won by submission in Round 2 where as he is Barberena’s most recent loss by unanimous decision.

I see Meerschaert getting the submission win here.

Pick: Meerschaert (Submission: 80%, Decision: 20%)