Gleison Tibau Speaks on His 20th UFC Bout at UFC 164
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.29.2013
He faces Jamie Varner…
This week, UFC lightweight fighter Gleison Tibau spoke about his upcoming bout at UFC 164. Tibau faces Jamie Varner during the prelims on Fox Sports 1. At 30, it will make Tibau the youngest man in UFC history to have 20 fights in the organization. Below are some highlights:
Tibau on having his 20th UFC bout: "I'm very excited about having my 20th fight in the UFC, which is the best MMA organization in the world. I've been working for them for seven years now. And I'm looking forward to facing Jamie Varner, who is a great fighter going back to the WEC. This will be a great fight."
Tibau on always trying to innovate in his career: "I always seek to innovate. In the UFC, if you don't innovate, you'll be left behind since new talent is always being hired. You can even learn something different by training with young talent. One should never get comfortable. It's necessary to always evolve in our areas of weakness. My official record shows 36 fights, but growing up in the Brazilian northeast, I had several unsanctioned fights, often bare-knuckled. I've fought over 50 times. Since that time I always sought to evolve. Everyday something new and useful can be learned and be applied at fight time."
Tibau on his fight against Varner: "I envision I great victory. Trained everywhere, and I'm ready for anything. It can be standing, wrestling or on the ground. I see a great fight, a great victory and my arm raised at the end. That's what I see…I hope it's a great fight because I plan for my 20th fight to be a golden moment in my career."