|Born||Janigleison Herculano Alves
July 10, 1983
Tibau, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||71.0 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Janigleison Herculano Alves, better known as Gleison Tibau (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡlejˈzõ tʃiˈbaw]; born July 10, 1983 in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently fighting for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is one of the largest lightweights in MMA, weighing up to 185 pounds by the time he enters the cage.
Mixed martial arts
Tibau began training for mixed martial arts when he was 13 years old and was fighting by the time he was 15. He was a state champion in Rio De Janeiro in both jiu-jitsu and wrestling. He was brought up as a fighter in Kimura team, from the northern part of Brazil. Today Tibau trains at American Top Team.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Tibau made his UFC debut at welterweight against Nick Diaz. Tibau started strong and was taking Diaz down efficiently while avoiding submissions using his jiu-jitsu. In the second round he tired and lost by TKO due to strikes.
After the fight, Tibau took on Jason Dent at UFC 68. Tibau dominated the fight and won by unanimous decision. He then took a one fight hiatus from the company and returned defeating Jeff Cox by submission due to an arm triangle choke. Tibau then took on undefeated Brit Terry Etim, outwrestling his opponent and taking a unanimous decision.
Tibau's next fight was set to be against former UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk at UFC 104. Sherk pulled out of the fight and was replaced by Josh Neer. Tibau defeated Neer after landing a total of 10 takedowns during the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Tibau was expected to face Bart Palaszewski on May 28, 2011 at UFC 130, replacing an injured Cody McKenzie. Palaszewski was also injured and replaced by return UFC veteran Rafaello Oliveira. Tibau defeated Oliveira via second round rear naked choke, earning Submission of the Night honors.
On January 16th, 2014, it was announced that Tibau and UFC have come to an agreement of a new four-fight contract.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||28 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||28–10||Michael Johnson||KO (punches)||UFC 168||December 28, 2013||2||1:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||28–9||Jamie Varner||Decision (split)||UFC 164||August 31, 2013||3||5:00||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||27–9||John Cholish||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||2||2:34||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Loss||26–9||Evan Dunham||Decision (split)||UFC 156||February 2, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||26–8||Francisco Trinaldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 153||October 13, 2012||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||25–8||Khabib Nurmagomedov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 148||July 7, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||25–7||Rafael dos Anjos||Decision (split)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||24–7||Rafaello Oliveira||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||2||3:28||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||23–7||Kurt Pellegrino||Decision (split)||UFC 128||March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||22–7||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares||September 15, 2010||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||22–6||Caol Uno||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||1||4:13||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||21–6||Josh Neer||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 104||October 24, 2009||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||157 lb Catchweight.|
|Loss||20–6||Melvin Guillard||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale||June 20, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–5||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann||April 1, 2009||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||158 lb Catchweight.|
|Win||19–5||Rich Clementi||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||1||4:35||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||18–5||Joe Stevenson||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 86||July 5, 2008||2||2:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–4||Tyson Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 81||February 2, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–3||Terry Etim||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 75||September 8, 2007||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||17–3||Jeff Cox||Submission (arm triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Stout vs Fisher||June 12, 2007||1||1:52||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||16–3||Antonio Moreno||TKO (punches)||Nordest Combat Championship||May 9, 2007||1||0:55||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||15–3||Jason Dent||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 68||March 3, 2007||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||14–3||Nick Diaz||TKO (punches)||UFC 65||November 18, 2006||2||2:27||Sacramento, California, United States||Fought at Welterweight.|
|Win||14–2||Jedrzej Kubski||Submission (rear naked choke)||KO Arena 4||March 11, 2006||1||1:03||Malaga, Spain|
|Win||13–2||Edilson Florencio||Submission (triangle choke)||Mega Combate Mossoro||December 2, 2005||1||3:26||Mossoro, Brazil|
|Win||12–2||Fabricio Camoes||Submission (rear naked choke)||Meca World Vale Tudo 12||July 9, 2005||1||2:15||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||11–2||Marcelo Brito||Decision (unanimous)||Storm Samurai 7||June 11, 2005||3||5:00||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||11–1||Josenildo Rodrigues||Decision (unanimous)||Ceara Open 2||March 10, 2005||3||5:00||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||10–1||Anderson Cruz||KO (punches)||Octagon Fight||February 24, 2005||1||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||9–1||Josenildo Ramarho||Submission (armbar)||Brazilian Challenger 2||October 21, 2004||1||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||8–1||Carlos Alexandre Pereira||Submission (rear naked choke)||Champions Night 11||October 7, 2004||1||1:16||Ceara, Brazil|
|Win||7–1||Adriano Martins||Decision (unanimous)||Amazon Fight||June 20, 2004||3||5:00||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||6–1||Daniel Muralha||Submission (armbar)||Champions Night 10||May 21, 2004||1||N/A||Ceara, Brazil|
|Win||5–1||Romario Manoel Da Silva||Submission (rear naked choke)||Desafio: Natal vs Nordeste||March 9, 2004||1||2:30||Natal, Brazil|
|Loss||4–1||Eiji Mitsuoka||TKO (corner stoppage)||DEEP - 11th Impact||July 13, 2003||2||3:41||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||4–0||Fernando "Tererê" Augusto||Decision (split)||Bitetti Combat Nordeste 2||March 20, 2003||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Paulo Boiko||Decision (unanimous)||Bitetti Combat Nordeste 1||November 28, 2002||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Thiago Alves||Submission (armbar)||Champions Night 2||June 30, 2001||2||3:31||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Rivanio Regiz||Decision (unanimous)||CNVTO - Currais Novos Vale Tudo Open||May 18, 1999||3||5:00||Currais Novos, Brazil|
- "Gleison Tibau’s First Step to The Top Takes Place Saturday". UFC.com. 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- "UFC 148 Media Notes". UFC. June 30, 2012.
- The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale live round by round updates and official results
- "Sherk out, Neer in to face Gleison Tibau at UFC 104".
- "Gleison Tibau vs. Caol Uno at Fight Night 21". tatame.com. Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "MILLER VS TIBAU SEPT. 15, TUF 12 DEBUT EXPECTED". mmaweekly.com. 2010-05-24.
- "Pellegrino vs. Tibau slated for UFC 129 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. December 15, 2010.
- "Gleison Tibau Replaces Injured Cody McKenzie at UFC 130; Faces Bart Palaszewski". mmaweekly.com. May 6, 2011.
- "Oliveira Replaces Palaszewski, Faces Tibau at UFC 130". sherdog.com. May 19, 2011.
- "UFC 139 confirmed for San Jose, adds Rafael dos Anjos vs. Gleison Tibau". mmajunkie.com. 16 August 2011.
- "Gleison Tibau vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov added to July's UFC 148 event". mmajunkie.com. March 29, 2012.
- "Francisco Drinaldo announces UFC 153 fight with Gleison Tibau". mmajunkie.com. August 2, 2012.
- "Evan Dunham vs. Gleison Tibau Added to UFC 156". mmaweekly.com. December 6, 2012.
- "Gleison Tibau vs. John Cholish joins UFC on FX 8 lineup". mmajunkie.com. March 6, 2013.
- "Lightweights Jamie Varner and Gleison Tibau set for UFC 164 in Milwaukee". mmajunkie.com. June 19, 2013.
- "Michael Johnson vs. Gleison Tibau lightweight bout set for UFC 168 in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. September 18, 2013.
- "Gleison Tibau signs new four-fight deal with the UFC". mmafighting.com. January 16, 2014.
- Guilherme Cruz (2014-01-22). "Three fights added to UFC Fight Night card in Natal". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- Staff. "Gleison Tibau out, Mairbek Taisumov gets new UFC Fight Night 38 opponent". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19.