Lightweights Michael Johnson, Gleison Tibau Paired at UFC 168

By Mike Whitman Sep 19, 2013
Michael Johnson squares off with Gleison Tibau on Dec. 28. | Dave Mandel/

A lightweight showdown between Michael Johnson and Gleison Tibau has been added to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s year-end show.

UFC 168 takes place Dec. 28 and is headlined by a middleweight title return bout between Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will host the pay-per-view event, which also features a women’s bantamweight championship rematch pitting Ronda Rousey against Miesha Tate.

Johnson rebounded from back-to-back losses in his most recent outing, putting forth a dominant performance against Joe Lauzon last month at UFC Fight Night 26. Prior to that triumph, “The Menace” saw a three-fight winning streak snapped by Myles Jury last December and was then submitted by Swedish competitor Reza Madadi this past April.

Tibau enters his clash with Johnson riding consecutive wins, scoring victories over John Cholish and Jamie Varner after kicking off 2013 with a split decision loss to Evan Dunham. Regarded as one of the UFC’s most stable lightweight talents, the 30-year-old has compiled a 13-7 Octagon record over nearly seven years of UFC competition.

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