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UFC Vegas 88 Tuivasa vs Tybura: Odds and Betting Preview

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is returning to Vegas on Saturday, and a feature bout with heavyweight contenders will headline the evening’s main event. I’m back to supply your best UFC bets tonight.

Knockout artist Tai Tuivasa squares up with a company veteran, Marcin Tybura, and the big boys are guaranteed to throw heavy leather.

UFC Vegas 88 Tuivasa vs Tybura: Odds and Betting Preview
UFC Vegas 88 Tuivasa vs Tybura: Odds and Betting Preview

The stage is set, and the betting lines are live, so let’s waste no time and jump straight into our deep dive of the UFC Vegas 88 main event and MMA odds.


UFC Vegas 88 Information


Tuivasa vs Tybura Betting Odds


UFC Vegas 88: Fighter Previews

Tai “Bam Bam” Tuivasa

With losses to Alexander Volkov, Sergei Pavlovich, and Ciryl Gane in his last three fights, Tuivasa—who will celebrate his 31st Birthday on Saturday—enters Saturday’s main event bout on a dire losing streak.

However, He has always been an all-action fighter and won five in a row before his current losing streak, which notably came versus top-six-ranked opponents. So, Saturday should see him get right into it as he tries to return to the win column and chug a famous shoey as the ideal B’Day celebration.


  • 93% of Tuivasa’s pro career wins came by way of knockout
  • Tuivasa has won seven UFC bouts in under 1 ½ rounds
  • Tuivasa three most recent losses came against top-six-ranked heavyweights


Marcin “Tybur” Tybura

Tybura has overcome an inconsistent beginning to his time in the UFC and has become a mainstay in the rankings. He enters this weekend’s battle with “Bam Bam” holding a 7-2 record over his previous nine bouts.

The Polish veteran will be looking to stop his losing run after having his two-bout winning streak broken in his last fight. However, his poor record versus top-10-ranked opponents doesn’t bode well for the 38-year-old and UFC betting fans.



  • In 18 UFC bouts, Tybura has just one win over a top-10-ranked heavyweight
  • 43% of Tybura’s UFC losses were by KO/TKO


Tuivasa vs Tybura: Tale of The Tape

Pro Record (Win/Loss)
14 KOs, 0 Submissions 
8 KOs, 7 Submissions
Avg Fight Time 
Knockdown Avg (15 min)
Avg Strikes Landed Per Min
Takedown Avg (15 min)
Win/Loss (Last 5)


UFC Vegas 88: Main Event Breakdown and Analysis

Anybody with a smidgen of knowledge of these fighters will understand the obvious paths to victory they both present. Tuivasa is a knockout artist who doesn’t need many shots to connect before his opponents are rendered unconscious. Tybura has managed to out-strike opponents in the past, but Saturday’s blueprint should fall behind a heavy wrestling gameplan where he can neutralize the knockout threat in grounded positions.

The question is, who’s game plan has the most probable chance of success? There’s a reason why oddsmakers have lined this bout evenly, but it’s hard to ignore the upside in backing such a lethal finisher in Tuivasa.

Both men have the skills to perform, and while Tybura isn’t exactly known for a lack of durability, he has come up short versus several heavy hitters in the past, such as Tom Aspinall, Augusto Sakai, and Derrick Lewis.

The age factor should also be considered. For all of Tuivasa’s faults, he’s still young in his career. He has only surrendered previous fight results to the upper echelon of heavyweight competitors. He is now faced with a battle-tested Tybura, who isn’t the best wrestler by any means.

Based on the fight tape research, I’m led to believe that we will see enough minutes on the feet for Tuivasa to have a better chance of a knockout than Tybura implementing a successful grappling game plan.


Tuivasa vs Tybura Prediction

UFC Vegas 88 Best Bet: Tuivasa Moneyline (-115)

When weighing up our main event betting options for UFC fight night this weekend, it would be foolish to ignore Tuivasa’s KO threat versus an average wrestler who’s two years from his forties and has been knocked out by power punchers in the past.

Don’t run to the bank with all your units; it’s not an uber-confident pick. But ultimately, at even odds on both ends, with heavyweights involved, how can we not ignore the fight-finishing threat of Tuivasa? And I wouldn’t be surprised if our sportsbook witnessed a shift in price to favor “Bam Bam” before the first bell dings.

UFC Vegas 88 Picks: The Crystal Ball

In this heavyweight main event clash, a quick rub of my crystal ball reveals that the relentless power of Tai Tuivasa will prove too much for Tybura early in the fight. The Aussie’s thirst for a ‘shoey’ will be satisfied in the first round as we watch the Polish native get slumped by a barrage of heavy hands.


Potential UFC Bets from a Tuivasa Win by Round 1 KO/TKO


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