Former PFL heavyweight Maxim Grishin will get his first UFC matchup on July 11th, as he faces off with Marcin Tybura. The matchup, which is scheduled for UFC 251 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi was first reported by RT Sport.
Grishin takes the fight on short notice, replacing Alexander Romanov, who withdrew from his matchup recently.
Grishin competed in major MMA promotion PFL for many years, participating in the 2018 and 2019 season format that started a couple years back. He has not lost in his past nine bouts, winning seven and going to a draw twice.
Tybura’s last fight saw the Russian snap a two-fight losing streak, defeating Sergey Spivak via decision. Having been a part of the UFC since 2016, Tybura has an even five wins and five losses since.
The big story around UFC 251 currently is the possibility of Jorge Masvidal stepping in to face Kamaru Usman on less than six days’ notice. Reports say negotiations have finished between the two parties, and that they’ll travel out to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi if their COVID-19 tests return negative.
Here’s the UFC 251 card currently.
Bout 13: Kamaru Usman (16-1) vs. Jorge Masvidal (35-13) (UFC Welterweight Championship)
Bout 12: Alexander Volkanovski (21-1) vs. Max Holloway (21-5) (UFC Featherweight Championship)
Bout 11: Petr Yan (14-1) vs. Jose Aldo (28-6) (Vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship)
Bout 10: Jessica Andrade (20-7) vs. Rose Namajunas (8-4) (Strawweight)
Bout 9: Paige VanZant (8-4) vs. Amanda Ribas (9-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 8: Volkan Oezdemir (17-4) vs. Jiri Prochazka (26-3-1) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 7: Elizeu Zaleski (22-6) vs. Muslim Salikhov (16-2) (Welterweight)
Bout 6: Makwan Amirkhani (15-4) vs. Danny Henry (12-3) (Featherweight)
Bout 5: Leonardo Santos (17-3-1) vs. Roman Bogatov (10-0) (Lightweight)
Bout 4: Marcin Tybura (18-6) vs. Maxim Grishgin (30-7-2) (Heavyweight)
Bout 3: Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-3) vs. Raulian Paiva (19-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Vanessa Melo (10-7) vs. Karol Rosa (12-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Martin Day (9-3) vs. Davey Grant (9-4) (Bantamweight)