Round 1 - Referee Jason McCoy oversees this lightweight fight. Tibau grabs the center. dos Anjos circles left as the two measure distance from southpaw. dos Anjos fires a few kicks to varying levels, and they each rifle off a few punches. Both look explosive early. Tibau holds the center, but dos Anjos won't give him a stationary target. dos Anjos extremely busy. Tibau shoots in and brings it to the floor. dos Anjos tries to elevate him and sweep, but Tibau stays on top. dos Anjos scrambles to his feet and away. dos Anjos flashes out the high kick again with two minutes remaining. Traded punches in the pocket. dos Anjos now has the center, and he flurries before ducking under and driving Tibau to the floor. Tibau stands again, and they trade shots as they separate. dos Anjos remains the more active fighter. Tibau punches, shoots and punches again, clipping dos Anjos briefly. dos Anjos recovers and moves into another takedown attempt. Tibau defends until the bell. Good first round from both that could go either way. MMAjunkie.com going to lean slightly toward dos Anjos, 10-9, based on the output, but Tibau had some big punches.
Round 2 - Early stoppage, as McCoy sees some tape hanging from Tibau's left hand. It's cut quickly, and we return to action. Tibau has the center again and fires heavy punches. dos Anjos defends a takedown and lands a right hand. Punching pace picking up from both fighters. Tibau trying to land bog shots down the middle. dos Anjos moving side to side, and he ducks a punch and drives in on a takedown. dos Anjos pulls away after missing the takedown. He's the busier fighter, but Tibau is stalking with big power down the pipe. dos Anjos lands a left over the top and moves into the clinch. Tibau just spins off the cage and presses in from the outside. Tibau looking for the takedown, but dos Anjos pushes free with the underhook. dos Anjos punching more frequently now with 90 seconds remaining in another close round. Tibau lands flush and wobbles dos Anjos. dos Anjos retreats against the cage, but Tibau is blasting away on the outside. Blood coming from the right ear, and he's standing on extremely shaky legs. McCoy lets them fight. dos Anjos does not look clear, bit he's still moving forward. Tibau lands a few more punches before the bell, but dos Anjos somehow survives. Clear round for Tibau, 10-9, who may be up 2-0. MMAjunkie.com has it even.
Round 3 - dos Anjos has a little spring in his step and opens with a kick. overhand right lands. But Tibau is firm in the center and stalking. dos Anjos leaps in with a knee to the body. One minute down in a tightly contested fight. Tibau short on a takedown, and dos Anjos still looks to press. dos Anjos kicks the leg. Tibau misses another takedown and is short on a punch over the top. dos Anjos lands, but Tibau right there to answer. dos Anjos winging big punches, and Tibau now missing with his punches. Halfway point. Tibau ducks under and drives in, and that could be key in a close fight. dos Anjos has guard underneath as Tibau walks him to the cage. dos Anjos scrambles and stands. dos Anjos swings to the outside and tries for a single. Tibau circles off and controls from the outside. Still a close fight. dos Anjos now circles off and drives in. McCoy lets them work. dos Anjos trying for a single that won't come. Big flurry as they break. dos Anjos walks into a left. Close, close fight, and both guys proclaim victory at the bell. MMAjunkie.com leans toward Tibau in the third, 10-9, awarding him the fight, 29-28. Gleison Tibau def. Rafael dos Anjos via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27).