UFC lightweight Gleison Tibau (27-9) has never strung together more than three wins inside the Octagon but he’s definitely experienced a fair share of success under the organization’s banner. A member of the company’s roster since 2006, Tibau will test himself in the infamous eight-sided cage for the twentieth time tonight when he takes on Jamie Varner (21-7) at UFC 164.
Tibau wants to make the match-up a special one given the occasion, aiming to finish the former WEC champion and start working towards twenty more tilts on the MMA’s biggest stage.
“I want to submit Varner and stay in the UFC to break more records,” said Tibau to MMAFighting. “I just turned 30, so I guess I have more eight or nine years left to fight. I plan to do 40, maybe 50 fights in the UFC before I retire.”
Asked about his approach to beating Varner, Tibau again pointed to his foe’s occasionally shaky submission defense.
“He is very versatile and fast, has dangerous hands, good takedowns. But we saw some flaws in his ground game, so we will work on that to get the submission,” explained Tibau. “He has a good ground game, but I will work on that to get the win and earn a chance against the top fighters. I want to show the UFC and the fans what I’m capable of.”
Adding weight to Tibau’s assessment, four of Varner’s seven career stumbles have come as the result of him tapping out. Meanwhile, Tibau has finished twelve opponents with his BJJ base including Rich Clementi, Rafaello Oliveira, and most recently John Cholish.