On top of the stacked main card for UFC 168, there are some interesting fights taking place before the brighter lights go on. One to keep your eye on is a matchup between Michael Johnson and Gleison Tibau. Johnson, the former TUF winner, appeared ready to break into a few top 10 lists prior to back-to-back losses at the hands of Myles Jury and Reza Madadi. Speaking to UFC.com, “The Menace” claims he might have lost a bit of focus prior to those defeats:
“Absolutely. Not taking anything away from the two guys I lost to, but I did lose track a little bit. You go on a three fight win streak like that and you start thinking you’re unbeatable, and that was a huge mistake I made that I’ll never make again. Going into the Myles Jury fight, I was like, there’s no way he can beat me. I went in too relaxed and then I lost.
The same thing with Reza. I had a huge adrenalin dump, especially after the tension between us at weigh ins, and going into the second round after a first round in which I almost had him finished, my mind just went away from me. That’s a perfect example that shows how strong you have to be mentally to get through these opponents in the UFC, and I lost track of that.”
Johnson will face a man in Tibau has who has won his last 2 fights. Most recently at UFC 164, the Brazilian beat Jamie Varner by a split a decision. The American Top Team product is dangerous on the ground, but 7 of his last 9 fights have been decided by the judges.
UFC 168 goes down this Saturday in Las Vegas.
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