|Born||Janigleison Herculano Alves|
July 10, 1983
Tibau, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Division||Lightweight (1999-2018) |
|Reach||70 in (178 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) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the UFC's lightweight division. A professional competitor since 1999, he formerly competed for DEEP.
Tibau began training for mixed martial arts at 13 and was fighting by 15. He was a state champion in Rio de Janeiro in both Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling. He was brought up as a fighter in Kimura team, from northern Brazil. Tibau trains at American Top Team.
Mixed martial arts career
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 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In the second round he got tired and lost by TKO due to strikes. Tibau took on Jason Dent at UFC 68. Tibau won by unanimous decision. He then took a one fight hiatus from the company and returned to defeat Jeff Cox by submission due to an arm-triangle choke. Tibau then fought undefeated Brit Terry Etim, outwrestling his opponent for a unanimous decision.
Tibau then lost back to back fights to Tyson Griffin at UFC 81 and Joe Stevenson at UFC 86. He was on the verge of release from UFC by president Dana White. He rebounded with back to back wins over Rich Clementi and Jeremy Stephens.
Tibau won his second straight match with a first round TKO over Caol Uno on March 31, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 21. Tibau faced Jim Miller on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Tibau won via split decision against Rafael dos Anjos on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139. Tibau next faced undefeated prospect Khabib Nurmagomedov on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148, losing via unanimous decision.
On January 16, 2014, Tibau signed a four-fight contract.
Tibau next faced Piotr Hallmann on September 13, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 51. He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision. This fight earned Tibau his first Fight of the Night bonus award. Following the bout Hallmann failed his post fight drug test due to the presence of drostanolone in his system.
Tibau replaced an injured Yancy Medeiros was against Tony Ferguson on February 28, 2015 at UFC 184, losing by submission in the first round, his first submission defeat since his 2008 loss to Joe Stevenson.
Tibau smashed Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 77 on November 7, 2015 via a first round submission. Tibau took Trujillo's back, secured a body triangle from the bottom and grabbed a rear-naked choke grip with his arm underneath Trujillo's chin. After a few seconds in this position, referee Keith Peterson halted the contest as he believed that Trujillo was unconscious. Trujillo indicated that he planned to appeal the decision in hopes that the result may be changed to a No Contest.
On December 4, 2015, Tibau was suspended by USADA due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition test. On December 23, 2015, it was reported that he had also failed an in-competition test following his win over Trujillo. On February 18, 2016 Tibau was suspended for 2 years by USADA as well as having the result of his fight against Trujillo reversed to a loss.
Tibau's bout with Green marked the last fight of his contract and after more than a decade in the UFC, Tibau chose not to renew the contract, becoming a free agent.
After the long career in the UFC, Tibau revealed he will be moving up to welterweight division. On September 4, 2018, it was revealed that Tibau will be fighting at Golden Boy Promotions' inaugural MMA event, headlined by the third encounter of Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. Despite the announcement on going up a weight class, on October 15, 2018, it was revealed that Tibau will be facing fellow UFC veteran Efrain Escudero in a 160lbs catchweight bout.
Championships and Accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|47 matches||33 wins||14 losses|
|Loss||33–14||Desmond Green||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rivera vs. Moraes||June 1, 2018||3||5:00||Utica, New York, United States|
|Loss||33–13||Islam Makhachev||KO (punch)||UFC 220||January 20, 2018||1||0:57||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||33–12||Abel Trujillo||DQ (overturned)||UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3||November 7, 2015||1||1:45||São Paulo, Brazil||Originally a submission (rear naked choke) win for Tibau; overturned after he tested positive for erythropoietin.|
|Loss||33–11||Tony Ferguson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 184||February 28, 2015||1||2:37||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||33–10||Norman Parke||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver||January 18, 2015||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||32–10||Piotr Hallmann||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Bigfoot vs. Arlovski||September 13, 2014||3||5:00||Brasília, Brazil||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||31–10||Pat Healy||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller||July 16, 2014||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||30–10||Michael Johnson||KO (punches)||UFC 168||December 28, 2013||2||1:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||30–9||Jamie Varner||Decision (split)||UFC 164||August 31, 2013||3||5:00||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||29–9||John Cholish||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold||May 18, 2013||2||2:34||Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil|
|Loss||28–9||Evan Dunham||Decision (split)||UFC 156||February 2, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||28–8||Francisco Trinaldo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 153||October 13, 2012||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||27–8||Khabib Nurmagomedov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 148||July 7, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||27–7||Rafael dos Anjos||Decision (split)||UFC 139||November 19, 2011||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||26–7||Rafaello Oliveira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 130||May 28, 2011||2||3:28||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||25–7||Kurt Pellegrino||Decision (split)||UFC 128||March 19, 2011||3||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||24–7||Jim Miller||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares||September 15, 2010||3||5:00||Austin, Texas, United States|
|Win||24–6||Caol Uno||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||1||4:13||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||23–6||Josh Neer||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 104||October 24, 2009||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||Catchweight (157 lbs) bout; both fighters missed weight.|
|Loss||22–6||Melvin Guillard||Decision (split)||The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale||June 20, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22–5||Jeremy Stephens||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann||April 1, 2009||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Catchweight (158 lbs) bout; both fighters missed weight.|
|Win||21–5||Rich Clementi||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||1||4:35||Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Loss||20–5||Joe Stevenson||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 86||July 5, 2008||2||2:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||20–4||Tyson Griffin||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 81||February 2, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||20–3||Terry Etim||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 75||September 8, 2007||3||5:00||London, England|
|Win||19–3||Jeff Cox||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||UFC Fight Night: Stout vs. Fisher||June 12, 2007||1||1:52||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||18–3||Antonio Moreno||TKO (punches)||Nordest Combat Championship||May 9, 2007||1||0:55||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||17–3||Jason Dent||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 68||March 3, 2007||3||5:00||Columbus, Ohio, United States||Lightweight debut.|
|Loss||16–3||Nick Diaz||TKO (punches)||UFC 65||November 18, 2006||2||2:27||Sacramento, California, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||16–2||Jędrzej Kubski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||KO Arena 4||March 11, 2006||1||1:03||Málaga, Spain|
|Win||15–2||Edilson Florencio||Submission (triangle choke)||Mega Combate Mossoró||December 2, 2005||1||3:26||Mossoró, Brazil|
|Win||14–2||Fabrício Camões||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Meca World Vale Tudo 12||July 9, 2005||1||2:15||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||13–2||Marcelo Brito||Decision (unanimous)||Storm Samurai 7||June 11, 2005||3||5:00||Curitiba, Brazil|
|Win||13–1||Josenildo Rodrigues||Decision (unanimous)||Ceara Open 2||March 10, 2005||3||5:00||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||12–1||Anderson Cruz||KO (punches)||Octagon Fight||February 24, 2005||1||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||11–1||Josenildo Ramalho||Submission (armbar)||Brazilian Challenger 2||October 21, 2004||1||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||10–1||Carlos Alexandre Pereira||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Champions Night 11||October 7, 2004||1||1:16||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||9–1||Adriano Martins||Decision (unanimous)||Amazon Fight||June 20, 2004||3||5:00||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||8–1||Daniel Muralha||Submission (armbar)||Champions Night 10||May 21, 2004||1||N/A||Marília, Brazil|
|Win||7–1||Romario da Silva||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Desafio: Natal vs Nordeste||March 9, 2004||1||2:30||Natal, Brazil|
|Loss||6–1||Eiji Mitsuoka||TKO (corner stoppage)||DEEP: 11th Impact||July 13, 2003||2||3:41||Osaka, Japan||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||6–0||Fernando Terere||Decision (split)||Bitetti Combat Nordeste 2||March 20, 2003||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||5–0||Unknown Fighter||Submission (americana)||Tibau Fight||January 11, 2003||1||0:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Paulo Boiko||Decision (unanimous)||Bitetti Combat Nordeste 1||November 28, 2002||3||5:00||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Thiago Alves||Submission (armbar)||Champions Night 2||June 30, 2001||2||3:31||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Rivanio Regiz||Decision (unanimous)||Currais Novos Vale Tudo Open||May 18, 2000||3||5:00||Currais Novos, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Ricardo Ricardo||TKO (retirement)||Mossoro Open de Vale Tudo 3||December 24, 1999||1||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
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- "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.
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