Gleison Tibau pleased with new UFC 148 opponent, teaches takedown

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Gleison Tibau against Josh Neer at UFC 104 / UFC publicity photo

With ten wins in his 15-fight UFC career, Jiu-Jitsu black belt Gleison Tibau has overcome such stalwart opposition as Josh Neer, Caol Uno, Rafaello Trator and Rafael Assunção, to name a few. In his trek up the ranks towards a shot at the divisional title, now held by Ben Henderson, the Brazilian will need to get past Russia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 148 this July 7 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It’s a good fight for me. He’s undefeated in 17 fights, so it makes me want to break his streak, put my name up there as his first loss. It’ll be really interesting, and I’m inspired for this fight. I’ve had a run of good wins, and I want to add this one. I want a shot at the title; I feel it’s time. I’ve been battling for seven years; it’s time to get this title for Brazil,” Tibau told, as he makes the rounds in Northeast Brazil in search of training partners.


“I’ve been training with my friend Marcos Vinicius in Recife, and I’ve got some projects going on here. From here I’ll head to Praia da Pipa to rest this week out, then I’ll head to Fortaleza and do a tour of Thai boxing master Evilázio Feitoza’s academies, as well as train Jiu-Jitsu with Sazinho, Guilherme Santos and Danilo Dragon,” he added.

Tibau took the time to teach an MMA position exclusively for readers. He underscores the importance of never shooting straight for the takedown, as it makes it easy for the opponent to defend. Always set it up with a strike before shooting. The good old double attack, as it goes in Jiu-Jitsu. Check it out:

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