Brazilian fire hydrant Gleison Tibau is no longer a UFC fighter.

Normally, a fighter not getting their contract renewed wouldn’t be newsworthy, especially if they never held a UFC title. But this situation is different. Why? These are the facts:

  • Tibau has been fighting in the Octagon since UFC 65 back in 2006 (his opponent: Nick Diaz).
  • He’s had 28 UFC fights since then. Um, that’s a lot.
  • Although he lost his last four bouts, he’s had a pretty good career, beating the likes of Rafael dos Anjos and Jeremy Stephens, plus a lot of other pretty tough dudes.
  • It’s worth mentioning again that he’s been a UFC fighter for nearly 12 years. That’s a long time!

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It’s unclear where Tibau will fight next. But even if he were to hang up the gloves, that’s fine. He’s had a helluva career.

Here’s MMAFighting with Tibau talking about his prospects:

Tibau told MMA Fighting he has yet to sign with another promotion, but has received offers from all around the world.

“There are many offers coming, but nothing is set yet,” Tibau said. “Rizin offered me a fight with Takanori Gomi on two weeks’ notice, but I was in Brazil, I was taking care of my cookie business and wasn’t even training, so I couldn’t take it. ACB also sent me an offer, but then they cancelled some cards, so I turned it down.

“Bellator asked me to wait a little bit, but they are interested. There’s also a promotion from Abu Dhabi, another one in Russia as well. I will sign one-fight deals only so I remain free.”