UFC 128: Tibau looking to surprise Pellegrino

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Tibau will be in action. Photo: Josh Hedges.

Both are coming off a loss and it looks like sparks will fly when they face off in New Jersey this Saturday at UFC 128. Black belt Gleison Tibau and Kurt Pellegrino will feature on the preliminary card of the event promising plenty of excitement.

“I’m getting my ground game and wrestling up too speed to keep him where I want him,” says Tibau.

“I can’t let him get up once he’s down – only if I want him to. I improved my ground and pound, because it’s never a good idea to leave the outcome in the hands of the judges when you’re fighting in your opponent’s home town (laughs)!” says Tibau.

The fighter guarantees he’ll be ready for whatever comes his way in the octagon:

“I trained with muay thai fighters Macarrão and Diego Gaspareto, but I didn’t leave out my Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling. I did everything so as to erase the mistakes of the past. There’s a surprise in store for Newark, you all will be impressed,” he says in finishing, on the UFC Portuguese-language website.

Check out the complete card:

UFC 128
Newark, New Jersey
March 19, 2011

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Jon Jones (light heavyweight-title fight)
Urijah Faber vs. Eddie Wineland
Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus
Nate Marquardt vs. Dan Miller
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Brendan Schaub
Luiz Cane vs. Eliot Marshall
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Njokuani
Ricardo Almeida vs. Mike Pyle
Kurt Pellegrino vs. Gleison Tibau
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian Loveland
Raphael Assunção vs. Erik Koch
Nick Catone vs. Costantinos Philippou

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