Rich Clementi and Gleison Tibau have been booked to battle at UFC Fight Night 17 at the University of Southern Florida (USF) Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on February 7, 2009.
Both lightweights will attempt to rebound from losses in their most recent performances. For Tibau, he will be out to snap a two-fight losing skid and return to the win column for the first time since September 2007.
That's uncharted territory for the American Top Team (ATT) product -- he won three of his first four fights inside the Octagon. And the only loss during that stretch was to Nick Diaz at UFC 65: "Bad Intentions" back in November 2006.
Tibau -- who recently sustained a shoulder injury that forced him off the UFC 90: "Silva vs. Cote card in October -- most recently dropped consecutive bouts to perennial division threats Tyson Griffin and Joe Stevenson. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt was submitted for the first time ever in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career in the loss to "Daddy."
Clementi was red hot on a six-fight tear before locking horns with Gray Maynard at UFC 90. He was essentially outwrestled for 15 minutes in a loss that was extremely hard to swallow for the former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 4.
He had emerged as a possible title contender with wins over Anthony Johnson, Melvin Guillard, Sam Stout and Terry Etim. Now it's back to the drawing board for the 46-fight MMA veteran.
UFC Fight Night 17 features additional 155-pound match ups. Mac Danzig is expected to take on Josh Neer and Joe Lauzon and Hermes Franca are slated to tangle — both match ups were confirmed for the show today. Kurt Pellegrino and Rob Emerson will also likely hook ‘em up.
In addition, Cain Velasquez will be in action on the Spike TV special against Denis Stojnic in a heavyweight bout. The match up between Clementi and Tibau is currently set to take place on the nontelvised portion of the preliminary card.
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