Lightweights Jamie Varner and Gleison Tibau set for UFC 164 in Milwaukee
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Jun 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm ET
The UFC's August return to Milwaukee has a new lightweight fight set for the bill.
Former WEC champion Jamie Varner (21-7-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is set to meet Gleison Tibau (27-9 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at UFC 164. Sources with knowledge of the bout recently confirmed the fight booking to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
), and UFC officials made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.
UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The card is headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Benson Henderson and top contender T.J. Grant. Also on the card, Josh Barnett returns to the UFC in a heavyweight fight against former champ Frank Mir.
Varner got back in the win column in December with a split-decision win over Melvin Guillard at UFC 155 in Las Vegas. Before that, he was submitted by Joe Lauzon in a "Fight of the Night" bonus winner at UFC on FOX 4.
But it was his return to the UFC on short notice at UFC 146 that has been the hallmark of his time since he was the WEC champ. He upset Edson Barboza with a first-round TKO, becoming the first fighter to beat the Brazilian.
After a rough run to end his WEC career – an 0-3-1 mark in four fights – his return to the UFC has given him a bit of a career resurgence.
Tibau has won two of his past three fights, including a submission win over John Cholish at UFC on FX 8 a month ago in Brazil. At UFC 156 in February, he dropped a split decision to Evan Dunham to fall back in the loss column after a win over Francisco Trinaldo in October.
Tibau will be going after his first win streak since 2011, when he went 3-0, including a "Submission of the Night" win over Rafaello Oliveira at UFC 130. The former welterweight and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt trains at American Top Team in South Florida.
The latest UFC 164 card includes:
• Champ Benson Henderson vs. T.J. Grant - for UFC lightweight title
• Josh Barnett vs. Frank Mir
•Clay Guida vs. Chad Mendes
•Erik Koch vs. Dustin Poirier
•Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera
• Gleison Tibau vs. Jamie Varner
•Chico Camus vs. Kyung Ho Kang
•Nikita Krylov vs. Soa Palelei
•Tim Elliott vs. Louis Gaudinot
•Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero
•Magnus Cedenblad vs. Jared Hamman
•Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim