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John Heinis: Gleison Tibau was one of the best kept secrets of the lightweight division, winning five of his past six heading into UFC 148.
Unfortunately, he was robbed of a decision against Khabib Nurmagomedov, so he now looks to rebuild against Francisco Trinaldo.
Trinaldo is definitely a very game opponent with an 11-1 record, including eight finishes, though it's really tough to gauge where he's at.
He won his UFC debut against Delson Heleno at UFC 147, but that bout was contested at middleweight. While that fight was in July, dropping back down to lightweight might prove to be difficult.
I wouldn't be surprised to see Trinaldo win, but I have to go with the veteran here.
Gleison Tibau via split decision
Vince Carey: For years Glesion Tibau has been known for being incredibly hard to finish, and for his massive size for the lightweight division.
Tibau’s toughness will still be a huge factor in this fight, but his usual advantage in the strength and size departments with be completely negated against a massive opponent in his own right, Fransico Trinaldo.
Trinaldo looked like a decently sized middleweight in his UFC debut win over Delson Heleno, but the cut shouldn’t be much of an issue since he’s fought at lightweight for a lot of his career.
Both fighters can finish and both men have proven to be extremely tough to take out, making this an extremely interesting fight, but I’m going with the slight upset for Trinaldo here.
You can only hang around in the middle of a UFC division for so long before you eventually just can’t hang with the new blood entering the roster, and I think Tibau has finally reached that point after nearly six strong years inside the Octagon.
Francisco Trinaldo via unanimous decision
Matt Juul: A powerful and muscular lightweight, Gleison Tibau loves to use his strength to dominate opponents in the clinch and on the ground. This will be a big factor in this bout.
Francisco Drinaldo, although previously competing on the The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil as a middleweight, will still have trouble dealing with Tibau's power now fighting at 155.
"Massaranduba" showed some solid skills in his TKO win over Delson Heleno at UFC 147, but just doesn't have the experience to contend with Tibau.
Gleison Tibau via unanimous decison