Tibau bragged about a “win” over Khabib, he was knocked out in Russia. Medvedev was ruthless
Sergey Sorokin July 28, 2023, 21:30 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
The last to finish Gleison ahead of schedule was Islam Makhachev.
On July 28, the tournament numbered RCC 16 took place, which pleased with the most interesting fights. Boris Medvedev and Gleison Tibau met in the main event of the night. The Russian was the clear favourite, as he was nine years younger than an experienced opponent. The Brazilian’s history included fights with very powerful opponents. And some still believe that Tibau defeated Khabib Nurmagomedov, hinting at an unfair court decision that he sided with Orel.
Medvedev entered the fight with a 15-2 record and a solid fight-winning streak. In turn, he defeated eight opponents! The last was Handesson Ferreira, who Boris knocked out in March. But Tibau was in a series of three losses. The Brazilian was defeated by Yarra Al-Silavi, Magomed Magomedkerimov and Alexey Kunchenko. Therefore, the favorite in this matchup was obvious.
Let’s remember the most iconic fight in Tibau’s career:
“Khabib, you lost this fight.” In 2012, the judges gave the Eagle an embarrassing victory?
The initial round started actively. The rivals decided not to wait long and started shooting, landing very powerful blows. At one of the moments, Medvedev caught Tibau on a mistake and hit. Gleison tried to save himself in the fight, but Boris would not be moved. With one of the blows, the Russian sent the opponent completely to the canvas.
Tibau got up, but immediately missed again and flew into a fall. Medvedev went to finish off his opponent, but decided to let him get up. Gleison got to his feet and collapsed again. Boris no longer showed mercy and began to shoot again. The referee no longer risked Tibau’s health and decided to stop the fight. It is curious that Gleison did not hold only 12 seconds before the gong. But it seems that this would not change anything, since the Russian totally dominated.
In the PFL, Gleison took offense at another Russian:
Magomedkerimov fought more convincingly than Khabib himself! But he couldn’t knock out Tibau either.
Medvedev picked up another victory and continues to push towards his goal. With such fights, the Russians may well be noticed by the best promotions. But Gleison, it seems, is fast approaching the end of his professional career. This duel turned into a uniform beating. It is unlikely that the Brazilian wants to continue risking his health.