34-Year-Old UFC Lightweight 41-12-0
January 20, 2018 Gleison Tibau News
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Tibau lost to Islam Makhachev via KO (punch) at 0:57 of Round 1 at UFC 220 on Saturday in Boston.
Coming of a two-year suspension due to a failed drug test, Tibau's first first in nearly 28 months lasted all of 57 seconds. At that point he was smashed by a violent shot from the surging Makhachev and was unable to recover. Now 34 years old, coming off the suspension and without an official win under his belt in more than three years, the UFC is likely to cut bait with Tibau. Their lightweight division isn't exactly hurting for quality fighters and it makes little sent to keep the washed up Brazilian around.
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Fantasy AnalysisTibau is finally set to return to the Octagon after serving a two-year suspension for testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO) back in Nov. 2015. He submitted Abel Trujillo in his last fight in 2015, but the win was overturned after he failed multiple drug tests. The Brazilian veteran owns an overall record of 41-11-0, with a 16-10 mark in the UFC. He'll look to shake the rust off against Makhachev, who holds a 3-1 record in the UFC and is coming off a victory over Nik Lentz via unanimous decision.
Fantasy AnalysisTibau tested positive for eruthropoietin (EPO) back in Nov. 2015 and was suspended by the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) for two years as a result of the violation. Now two years have gone by and the fighter will be free to fight again come Nov. 7. Tibau was a very active fighter for the UFC before suspension, racking up a 16-10 record. In his return, he's looking to compete at 170 or 155, depending on the time frame in which he's given notice of a fight.
Fantasy AnalysisAdditionally, his Nov. 7 win over Abel Trujillo will be overturned and counted as a loss. The drug Tibau took, called erythropoietin (EPO), is described as a synthetic hormone that stimulates the production of red blood cells, allowing for an increasing in oxygen transport and aerobic power. With an overall record of 33-12, which includes a 17-9 span of 10 years in the UFC, the lightweight veteran will now have to wait two years before competing again.
Fantasy AnalysisTibau's situation has gone from bad to worse, as he had already been suspended on a provisional basis due to an out-of-competition violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy. He now could be facing a multi-year suspension, and his Nov. 7 submission victory against Abel Trujillo may be in jeopardy. It's been a tough stretch for the 32-year-old, who is one of the winningest fighters in UFC history.
Fantasy AnalysisTibau got the benefit of a quick stoppage from referee Keith Peterson, but it appeared that he was well on his winning to get the win regardless. Tibau got a quick takedown and he was in total control throughout the brief fight. It is the 13th submission win of Tibau's career as well as his 13th first-round finish. Tibau was quickly submitted by the streaking Tony Ferguson in his last fight in February, but he has won four of his last five overall, all against halfway decent competition. Saturday was Tibau's 17th UFC win, tying him for third all-time with Michael Bisping.
Fantasy AnalysisTibau lost his last fight to Tony Ferguson via submission, but won three straight decisions prior to that. The 32-year-old has 44 professional fights under his belt, and is at his strongest on the mat, going 13-2 in bouts that end in submission.