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Gleison Tibau predicts he’ll fight for the UFC title in 2016

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Gleison Tibau feels ready to make a run for the UFC title.

The Brazilian veteran, who scored his 15th UFC lightweight victory with a split decision over Piotr Hallmann at UFC Fight Night 51 in September, wants to fight again as soon as possible.

"I’m anxious to get back in action again. I’m back to training now, waiting for my next fight," Tibau told following his ‘Fight of the Night’ bout. "I told Joe Silva I’m ready to fight anytime they need. I was glad to be in the co-main event for the first time. I wanted the knockout, but Joe Silva told me after the fight that he enjoyed it."

With wins over the likes of Rafael dos Anjos and Jamie Varner on his record, Tibau expects to earn a shot at the 155-pound title after he wins five straight. Planning to fight one more time this year, the Brazilians predicts he will fight for the UFC title in 2016.

"You won’t be able to hold me back anymore after I get three more wins. I will fight for the title," he said. "The Brazilian fans can expect a great fight when I get there. I’m focused, and this is my time. The ‘Gleison Tibau Era’ has arrived. I’m ready to write a new chapter in my history in the UFC."

"The lightweight division is full of great fighters close to a shot at the title. I respect every fighter in the UFC, and I don’t wanna pick names," he continued. "I want wins, I want to break records, and I want to do it to get closer to the title. This is my goal. I want the UFC title. And when I get my shot at the title, I will have more experience than anyone else in the UFC."

UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will defend his title for the first time against former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez on Dec. 6, but Tibau doesn’t believe "Showtime" will remain champion by the time he gets his shot at the gold.

"I think Pettis was lucky to cut the line and fight Ben Henderson for the title," he said. "It was a quick fight, and it was weird. The striker won by submission. I think maybe Ben underestimated him. Pettis did a good job, but never put his title on the line again. He won’t be able to keep this title much longer."

The UFC lightweight title picture is crowded with names like Khabib Nurmagomedov, Rafael dos Anjos, Donald Cerrone, Bobby Green and Eddie Alvarez, and Tibau is working hard to become "a complete fighter" to beat them all.

"They all have what it takes to become the champion," he said, "and I know I can fight any of them."

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