Romanov had his way with his wrestling in the first round of the fight, throwing Tybura around the Octagon and showcasing his elite strength. After what many thought was a 10-8 round in favor of Romanov, Tybura was the fresher fighter in Rounds 2 and 3 and earned a majority decision.
Judge Derek Cleary scored the contest a 28-28 draw with Romanov earning a 10-8 first round, but the other two judges gave Romanov a 10-9 in the first and Tybura earned the win on two of the scorecards.
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Tybura rebounded following a unanimous decision loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC 267 last October. Before that, he earned five-straight wins over the likes of Walt Harris, Greg Hardy, and Ben Rothwell.
Romanov entered UFC 278 undefeated with 16 wins to begin his professional career. This streak included finishes over Chase Sherman and Jared Vanderaa.
A six-year veteran of the Octagon, Tybura seems to be hitting his stride after beating one of the top prospects in the heavyweight division.
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