Meeting at lightweight, seasoned veteran Gleison Tibau takes on Islam Makhachev at UFC 220. The event is scheduled for January 20 in Boston and will be the UFC’s first PPV of the year.
Tibau (32-12) comes back after a two-year layoff courtesy of an Anti-Doping Policy Violation from USADA for EPO. The ruling reversed his win over Abel Trujillo to a loss back on December 23, 2015. Previous to the Trujillo fight, Tibau had a three-fight win streak snapped by current interim UFC lightweight champion – Tony Ferguson.
Makhackev (14-1) is a game opponent for the recently out of action veteran holding a two-fight win streak with decision wins over Nik Lentz and Chris Wade. The Russian native trains with fellow countryman and lightweight, Khabib Nurmagomedov, at AKA, which is sure to stand him in good stead against power doubler Tibau.
This fight pits wrestler vs wrestler with one up and coming facing a man holding the record for the most wins in the lightweight division (16). With two skill levels so high in wrestling will we a stand-up war as both men struggle to take each other down, we’ll find out at UFC 220.