Former lightweight title challenger Hermes Franca (Pictures) confirmed to Sherdog.com Monday that he will lock horns with American Top Team’s Gleison Tibau (Pictures) at UFC 90 “Silva vs. Cote” on Oct. 25 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
The fight comes at a critical time for Franca, as he has lost consecutive bouts for the first time since 2005. The 33-year-old Brazilian dropped a unanimous decision to Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 14 last month in his first match back after a year-long suspension for admitted steroid use.
“It was just great to be back in the UFC,” Franca said. “It was a crazy year. I fought against a tough opponent, and I thought I did well. I have no excuses.”