PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from multiple sources that Gleison Tibau (16-6) will step in for the injured Efrain Escudero to fight Jeremy Stephens (14-4) at UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1st. Escudero, who won the lightweight division on the latest season of TUF, suffered a rib injury in training and cannot compete.
Tibau comes from the American Top Team and has gone 4-3 in the UFC. In his last fight he submitted Rich Clementi with a guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night 17 on February 7th. While his fight was on the under card, his upcoming opponent, Jeremy Stephens (3-3 in UFC) fought in the main event on the same card. Stephens lost to Joe Lauzon by armbar in the second round.