A lightweight bout between Joe Stevenson and Gleison Tibau is set for UFC 86 on July 5, in Las Vegas, according to Sherdog.com, which is citing sources close to the negotiations.
The UFC has not officially announced the bout and the camps for Stevenson and Tibau have yet to formally comment.
Stevenson last competed at UFC 80 this past January, where he lost a match for the UFC vacant lightweight title to B.J. Penn via a second round submission. Prior to the loss, Stevenson had won four consecutive fights in the UFC with wins over Yves Edwards, Dokonjonosuke Mishima, Melvin Guillard, and Kurt Pellegrino.
Stevenson entered the UFC after winning the welterweight division for the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality television show on Spike TV.
Tibau, 15-5, is a product of the highly-touted American Top Team camp in Florida. He had been on a four fight winning streak in the UFC until losing a unanimous decision to Tyson Griffin at UFC 81 in February.
UFC 86 is scheduled to be headlined by a light heavyweight title defense by champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson against Forrest Griffin.