On Tuesday evening, the UFC announced that UFC Sydney had a new main event. With current heavyweight contender and former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum needing just over one minute to finish Walt Harris over the weekend, the Brazilian legend will now be stepping in to take on Marcin Tybura on Sunday, Nov. 19 in Australia.
The heralded mixed martial arts promotion originally had Tybura squaring off with Sydney resident and New Zealand native Mark Hunt. While it appears as though “Hunt was removed from the card due to medical concerns,” per MMAFighting.com, the veteran fighter was not happy with such a decision — to say the least. Upon finding out about his removal from the Nov. 19 card, Hunt posted quite the strong response on his Instagram account, which can be found here (NSFW Language).
— UFC Aus/New Zealand (@UFC_AUSNZ) October 10, 2017
Werdum is coming off a first-round win over Harris, but was originally scheduled to face Derrick Lewis. The former champion was unable to face off against Lewis, with the latter unable to compete due to an aggravation of a lingering lower back injury. Instead of just not fighting at all, Werdum stepped into the Octagon with the aforementioned Harris, who was originally scheduled to battle Mark Godbeer in a preliminary bout.
Werdum is 3-2 in his last five fights, ending a two-fight losing skid with his submission victory over Harris this past weekend. He has career wins over Hunt, Cain Velasquez, Travis Browne, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Antonio Silva and all-time great Fedor Emelianenko.