A lightweight matchup between Gleison Tibau and Rich Clementi has been finalized and is set to take place in February during either UFC Fight Night 17 on Feb. 7 or UFC 95 on Feb. 21.
InTheGuard.tv was the force to report the possibility of the matchup and FiveOuncesOfPain.com has since confirmed with sources close to both fighters that Clementi and Tibau have signed for on the fight.
Tibau, 15-6, trains out of American Top Team and will be looking to rebound vs. Clementi following consecutive losses. His two-fight losing streak began at UFC 81 in February, where he dropped a hard fought decision to Tyson Griffin. Tibau then returned to the Octagon to face Joe Stevenson at UFC 86 this past July, where he was defeated after tapping to a guillotine choke at 2:57 of round 2.
Prior to his losses against Griffin and Stevenson, Tibau had won four consecutive bouts with three taking place under the UFC banner. During a pro MMA career that spans almost seven years, Tibau has recorded notable victories over Fabricio Camoes, Jason Dent, Jeff Cox, and Terry Etim.
Clementi, the head instructor of Team Voodoo, is 32-13-1 during an MMA career that dates back to 1999. His most recent fight was a unanimous decision loss to Gray Maynard at UFC 90 in October, which ended a six fight winning streak for Clementi.
The Louisiana resident is 5-4 in nine career UFC fights and holds notable wins over Anthony Johnson, Melvin Guillard, Sam Stout, and Etim.