In what could be regarded as the best win of his career, season 12 alumnus of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Michael Johnson stood in the pocket opposite UFC lightweight stalwart, eventually putting his lights out with a sensational stoppage victory via strikes on the preliminary card of UFC 168.
Johnson had his moments in the early going where he had to overcome adversity. Tibau, the much heavier and more experienced fighter, cracked Johnson with hard punches, particularly a left hook. Johnson was never rocked and stayed composed, but didn't get to victory without overcoming a bit of adversity first. Johnson also landed a right hand in the frame that briefly stumbled Tibau, but it appeared to be the Brazilian's round.
The second round is where everything changed. Neither seemed to be getting any advantage until Johnson threw a combination with a left straight that landed just behind the ear of Tibau. The strike immediately sent Tibau crumpled to the mat. Johnson followed up with a set of perfunctory strikes until referee Yves Lavigne stepped in.
The end came officially at 1:32 of the second round via knockout.
Johnson climbs to 14-8 in MMA while Tibau drops to 28-10.