After last competing at UFC 293 in a loss to Alexander Volkov, Australian heavyweight fighter Tai Tuivasa has been confirmed to return to the Octagon against Marcin Tybura at UFC 298.
On the same card as fellow Australian UFC fighter Alex Volkanovski, Tuivasa is looking to earn his first win since UFC 271 in 2022 after three consecutive defeats to Alexander Volkov (submission), Sergei Pavlovich (KO) and Ciryl Gane (KO).
Ranked ninth in the heavyweight rankings, Tuivasa’a opponent is against number 10, Marcin Tybura. Like Tuivasa, Tybura is looking to get back on track after being defeated by Tom Aspinall at UFC London in July. Before the loss to Aspinall, he was 7-1 in his previous eight fights. This included a two-fight win streak.
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Speaking to Code Sports, Tuivasa reflected on his most recent loss to Volkov, which saw him submit in the second round in his hometown of Sydney, Australia.
“It’s big. I watched (the Volkov fight) back over and it was a good fight,” Tuivasa told Code Sports.
“It just didn’t go my way. I had a few injuries and that, but I’m ready to get on the roll again.
“I’m ready to get back in 2024.”
Training on the Gold Coast ahead of the fight in February, Tuivasa has been linked to a battle with Tybura for years, since he earned a $50,000 bonus against Rasha Coulter in a bout that marked his UFC debut.
UFC 298 is scheduled to take place in Anaheim, United States, on February 18 (Australia time) and is headlined by the Featherweight Title bout between Alexander Volkanovski and Ilia Topuria.