MacDonald (22-6-1) meets Tibau (34-15) in the main event of 2021 PFL 5, which takes place Thursday at Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. The main card airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+.
After making quick work of Curtis Millender at 2021 PFL 2, MacDonald will look to replicate his performance against another ex-UFC fighter, who has 50 professional fights to his name.
“Super experienced guy, he’s fought the who’s who and really strong, tough, durable competitor,” MacDonald said at the pre-fight news conference. “So that’s what I’m expecting out of him.”
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He continued, “I have seen Gleison’s fights, I haven’t tuned in to all of them, but I know he’s very experienced. He did a huge run within the UFC, had a lot of success there fighting at lightweight. I think he’s a big, strong, experienced guy. He’s probably seen it all, he’s been fighting for a long, long time. So he brings it and he has a lot of wins under his belt so it’s somebody that I respect, and I’m going out there focused, determined to bring my best and put him away.”
With his first-round submission of Millender, MacDonald is currently tied at six points with reigning PFL welterweight champion Ray Cooper III. The former Bellator welterweight champion and UFC title challenger may have accomplished a lot in his career, but he still has lofty goals.
“I want to be the No. 1 welterweight in the world, and I believe that’s gonna take dominant performances,” MacDonald said. “They need to be impressive, I need to show the best version of myself every time I get into the cage and go out there and stack up the wins.”
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