Marcin Tybura Defeats Tai Tuivasa by Choke in UFC Fight Night 239 Main Event

Marcin Tybura just showed the world what happens when you’re a one-trick pony. He danced around his opponent’s heavy hands like it was nothing.

Tybura, a beast from the M-1 Global days, just rocketed into the UFC’s top 10 heavyweights. How? By putting Tai Tuivasa to sleep with a slick rear-naked choke. And guess what? It all went down in the first round at UFC Fight Night 239.

Tuivasa? He lost his grip on reality 4:08 into the first round. Yeah, you read that right.

Tybura had to walk through hell, though. Tuivasa wasn’t playing around, landing some nasty standing elbows. One even cut Tybura open. But, the veteran kept his cool. He closed the distance, landed a one-two, and took the fight to the ground.

From there, it was all Tybura. Ground-and-pound, waiting for his moment. And when Tuivasa went belly down? That was all she wrote. The choke was in, and the fight was over.

Now, Tuivasa’s on a four-fight skid. Tough break.

Switching gears, there was a bit of drama in the welterweight co-main event. Bryan Battle and Ange Loosa ended in a no contest. Why? An accidental eye poke from Battle. Just 60 seconds into the second round, and it was over. Loosa couldn’t see, and that was that. Security even had to step in afterward.

Battle had been owning the first round, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Loosa. Knees, a front kick, you name it. But that thumb to the eye? It ended everything right there.

Then there’s Ovince St. Preux, laughing in the face of Father Time. He snagged a split decision win over Kennedy Nzechukwu. It wasn’t pretty, but a win’s a win, right?

Nzechukwu, though, he’s hit a rough patch. Two losses in a row now since he choked out Devin Clark last year.

And don’t forget about Christian Rodriguez. He just barely got past Isaac Dulgarian in a featherweight bout. It was a split decision, but Rodriguez made it count when it mattered.

Dulgarian came out strong, but Rodriguez? He kept his cool, fought smart, and took over when Dulgarian ran out of steam.

Rodriguez is on a four-fight win streak now. Keep an eye on him.

Macy Chiasson also made some noise. She choked out Pannie Kianzad in the first round. It’s the second time she’s done that to Kianzad, the first being back at “The Ultimate Fighter 28” Finale.

And finally, Gerald Meerschaert put Bryan Barberena to sleep with a face crank in their middleweight bout. It happened in the second round, marking Barberena’s fourth straight loss.

Meerschaert? He’s now got 28 submission wins under his belt. Not too shabby.

For more on UFC Fight Night 239, including some prelim action that shouldn’t be missed, keep it locked here.

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