UFC officials have revealed that a lightweight bout between Michael Johnson and Gleison Tibau has been scheduled for UFC 168, a card already shaping up to be the year’s biggest MMA event.
Tibau is coming off of back to back wins against Jamie Varner and John Cholish. Despite having 20 fights in the organization, Tibau’s title aspirations have so far been out of reach. Picking up a third win in a row would do a lot to help get his career on track, and put him in range of a spot on the top 10.
Johnson is a TUF 12 vet, and recently broke a two fight losing streak with a win over Joe Lauzon at UFC Fight Night 26. His record currently sits at 5-4 in the UFC, and 13-8 overall.
UFC 168 will take place on December 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be headlined by a middleweight championship fight between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, with a co-main event featuring women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and challenger Miesha Tate.
The current card is as follows:
Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva
Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate
Josh Barnett vs. Travis Browne
Michael Johnson vs. Gleison Tibau