A lightweight bout has been inked for UFC 168, which is shaping up to be one of the most stacked cards of the year, between Michael Johnson and Gleison Tibau. Both fighters are coming off impressive wins, and they will be looking to set themselves apart from the rest of the lightweight division.
This news was reported today by the UFC’s Twitter page, and it has the makings to be a great bout, as both fighters have knockout power in their hands and have competent ground skills. Johnson is riding high off a dominate unanimous decision over Joe Lauzon, a bout that showcased his technical striking and ability to keep the fight standing.
Training out of the Blackzillians, Johnson has been able to develop from a wrestler to a great striker, and he will be looking to get a huge win over Tibau, who is one of the biggest lightweights in all of MMA.
Tibau comes into this bout on a two fight winning streak over the likes of John Cholish and Jamie Varner. In these bouts, Tibau was able to control the pace standing, and then take the fight to the ground to land some good shots from the top. However, he has shown cardio issues later in the rounds, which is predicated on his weight cut.
It’s quite a feat for Tibau to even make the lightweight division, and he will need to shore up these cardio issues before facing Johnson if he wants to remain competitive in the division.