Two fights have been added to September’s UFC Fight Night 51 card, with lightweights Gleison Tibau and Piotr Hallmann set to square off in the co-main event. Also added is a bantamweight tilt between #7 ranked Iuri Alcantara and Hawaiian prospect Russell Doane.
Gleison Tibau bounced back from a recent defeat with an impressive decision win over Pat Healy earlier this month, taking his overall UFC record to 14-8, with four wins in his last six outings. Known for being one of the biggest fighters at 155, the Brazilian veteran has notable wins over the likes of Jamie Varner, Rafael dos Anjos and Jeremy Stephens, and is seen as one of the toughest fighters outside of the top 15 in the division.
A tough test for anyone, Tibau will look to win his fourth in five against Polish prospect Piotr Hallmann. ‘Pletwal’ has won two of his first three UFC outings, most recently beating Yves Edwards in June. While he suffered a setback against Al Iaquinta, Hallmann has established himself as a tough fighter able to overcome significant damage. Hallmann has won 11 of his last 12 contests, and is set to fight in his biggest bout to date against Tibau.
Iuri Alcantara has established himself as a top contender at bantamweight, going 5-2 (1 NC) since signing with the promotion. With an impressive overall record of 30-5 (1 NC), Alcantara has just one loss since dropping to 135lbs, and that came against #2 ranked Urijah Faber in August 2013. Coming off a 25-second knockout over Vaughan Lee, Alcantara will face another unranked opponent, though this in no way means it’ll be an easy stepping stone.
Winner of his last three, Russell Doane has won his first two contests since signing with the UFC off the back of a KO win over Octagon vet Jared Papazian. Though his last bout with Marcus Brimage was razor close, Doane’s 14-3 record and constant improvements put him line for big things at 135lbs. A win over a top 10 competitor in Alcantara could lead to a place in the rankings for the first time.
UFC Fight Night 51 is headlined by the rematch between Antonio Silva and Andrei Arlovski, being held at Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil on September 13.