A clash between lightweight submission standouts Hermes Franca and Gleison Tibau could be on the docket for UFC 90 on Oct. 25, according to a report by Sherdog.com.
The story quotes Franca as the source for the story. The UFC and Tibau’s camp at American Top Team have yet to officially comment.
If the matchup becomes official, it should be interesting as Franca is a former member of ATT’s Coconut Creek branch. According to Franca, he and Tibau are friends and even wished each other luck in regards to the forthcoming matchup when they ran into each other last week.
Franca returned to the UFC at UFC Fight Night 14 last month after having been released earlier in the year. In his return, Franca suffered a unanimous decision defeat against Frankie Edgar. It was Franca’s second consecutive loss with his previous defeat coming against then-UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk in July of 2007 at UFC 73.
After the loss to Sherk, the California State Athletic Commission suspended Franca for a year as a result of a positive test for steroids. Franca admitted to using performance enhancers but was forced to serve out the full suspension after his appeal was denied.
Tibau is also coming off back-to-back losses, having dropped a unanimous decision to Tyson Griffin this past February at UFC 81 and then falling victim to guillotine choke from Joe Stevenson at UFC 86 in July.
UFC 90, titled “Silva vs. Cote” will feature a UFC middleweight title defense by Anderson Silva against challenger Patrick Cote. Other bouts expected for the card, which is set to take place just outside of Chicago at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., include a welterweight showdown between Thiago Alves and Diego Sanchez and a lightweight bout between Spencer Fisher and Melvin Guillard.