Home field advantage is usually something any athlete wants, but Gleison Tibau (26-8) doesn’t fall into that group. While he likes to fight in his home country of Brazil, the payouts from the show hurts due to charges that the country takes out.
For his UFC 153 appearance, Tibau claims that 30 percent of his purse was taken out due to taxes. He noted that checks cashed in the U.S. takeout less taxes.
“Professionally I like to fight in the UFC in Brazil, but financially I find it absurd,” said Tibau to TATAME. “Brazil charges many fees, so I was unmotivated to fight in Brazil because of that.”
Another problem was that the money the government collects didn’t go towards bettering the country or people that live there.
“The policy in Brazil is a very big robbery,” said Tibau.
Tibau didn’t reveal what his total take from UFC 153 was.
Besides that one appearance in October 2012, Tibau hasn’t fought out of Brazil since he signed with the promotion in 2007.
In less than two weeks, Tibau meets Evan Dunham at UFC 156. They headline the preliminary card, which takes place on February 2 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.