Gleison Tibau Says Trash-Talking Isn't In His Nature
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.27.2013
His fights speak for themselves...
Gleison Tibau recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Michael Johnson at UFC 168 and more. Check out the highlights:
On his lack of trash-talking: "It's not my nature to talk trash. I think my fights speak for themselves...I'm in no hurry. I have a calm demeanor. Sometimes I wish I was more like some of those other guys, but it's just not me."
On staying with the UFC for as long as he has: "It's a very challenging promotion, with athletes from all around trying to get a spot in the roster. And because of that, after a couple of losses, the organization tends to let you go. So it's been very enjoyable to last for 20 fights, and now I have yet another one coming up."
On trying to stand out as a fighter: "We need knockouts and submissions to really stand out in our weight class. I've been working at this for a long time, and I feel I'm arriving at the point where both my mind and body are where they need to be. I never stopped trying to evolve. I never stopped training. I've always been focused on being a UFC champion. I think that day will arrive since I work very hard toward that goal and I'm making myself deserving of it."
On Johnson training nearby his own training camp: "For sure, he'll be familiar with my habits. So we developed a great strategy taking that into account...Seeing [Johnson's fight with Lauzon] made me prepare with much more intensity, as I know this will not be an easy fight," Tibau said. "He's hungry and wants to be champion too. We can't relax during training. We have to assume this will be a very tough fight. I hope he shows up ready."