Alexander Romanov vs. Marcin Tybura Among Multiple Bouts Confirmed for UFC 278
The lineup for UFC 278 appears to be nearly complete, as the Las Vegas-based promotion announced 12 bouts for the Aug. 20 card on Monday.
Among the notable new additions is a heavyweight showdown pitting Alexander Romanov against Marcin Tybura and a flyweight tilt between Amir Albazi and Francisco Figueiredo.
UFC 278 takes place at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah and is headlined by a welterweight title clash between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards. Also confirmed for the event is a bantamweight fight between Jose Aldo and Merab Dvalishvili and a middleweight scrap between Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold.
The following bouts were also announced for UFC 278: Leonardo Santos vs. Jared Gordon at lightweight; Yanan Wu vs. Lucie Pudilova at bantamweight; Tyson Pedro vs. Harry Hunsucker at light heavyweight; Daniel Lacerda vs. Victor Altamirano at flyweight; Qileng Aori vs. Jay Perrin at bantamweight; A.J. Fletcher vs. Ange Loosa at welterweight and Sean Woodson vs. Luis Saldana at featherweight.
With 16 consecutive victories to begin his professional tenure, Romanov has emerged as an intriguing prospect in the heavyweight division. The 31-year-old Moldovan has finished four of his five opponents in UFC competition and is coming off a first-round submission of Chase Sherman on April 30.
Tybura had a five-bout winning streak snapped in his last outing, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Alexander Volkov at UFC 267 this past October. The former M-1 Global champion is 9-6 over the course of his tenure with the UFC.
Sweden’s Albazi has been victorious in 14 of 15 professional appearances and has kicked off his UFC career with back-to-back triumphs over Malcolm Gordon and Zhalgas Zhumagulov. Prior to signing with the UFC, Albazi had stints with Brave FC and Bellator MMA.
Figueiredo, meanwhile, has won two of his first three UFC bouts. Most recently, the brother of flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo submitted Lacerda with a kneebar at UFC on ESPN 35 on April 30.
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