Before Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 45 in Atlantic City, N.J. another barn burner will go down in the lightweight division between seasoned veterans Gleison Tibau and Pat Healy. Both Tibau and Healy are coming off of tough losses, and with neither man in any position to make a run at Anthony Pettis’ 155 pound title, this could be a do or die fight for both combatants.
With an incredible combined 87 professional fights between the grizzled veterans, this is a fight that true fans of MMA will appreciate. A monstrous lightweight, Tibau has been a staple of the UFC 155-pound division for over seven years, racking up a promotion record of (14-8) as he continually faced the upper echelon of the weight class.
Though it wasn’t until last year that “Bam Bam” Healy finally made his much deserved return to the octagon against Jim Miller, he actually made his first UFC appearance three months before Tibau in 2006. Both of these men have been around the sport for over a decade, and if either are to depart from the UFC it should be after a clash such as this rather than at the hands of a rising prospect.
From a technical standpoint these are two of the biggest lightweights in the game today as both look like they could be mid-sized welterweights when they step in the cage on fight night. Both Healy and Tibau meet their opponent in the center of the cage and both are excellent when the fight hits the ground. And with possibility of being cut as a reality for either of these waning stars, it is hard to imagine they won’t go out swinging.