Gleison Tibau is the latest UFC veteran to hit the free agent market, as the UFC has opted not to re-sign the lightweight veteran.
After a decade in the promotion, the UFC has parted ways with longtime lightweight Gleison Tibau. Tibau (33–14), 35 years old, has fought in the UFC since UFC 65 in 2006. During the span, he compiled a record of 16-12. News of Tibau’s free agency was first reported by Ag. Fight.
Tibau’s light of accomplishments is as long as his tenure with the leading MMA promotion. During his run with the company, Tibau picked up wins over Caol Uno, Jeremy Stephens, Rafael dos Anjos, and numerous others. However, he’d dropped his past four bouts, no doubt culminating in the UFC letting him walk. The Brazilian has also shared the cage with Nate Diaz, Tony Ferguson, and others over the years.
His light of potential suitors will likely be a long one. Following his release, Tibau told MMA Fighting that he’d already received an offer from RIZIN to face Takanori Gomi, but was unable to accept due to the timing. He’d also fielded offers from ACB, and a handful of other promotions. Bellator MMA have also expressed interest, Tibau confirmed.
Tibau also stated that he’s looking at one fight deals, for now, to keep his options open. He’ll be moving up to welterweight as well, after years of making the grueling cut to 155lbs.