The last year and a half has been good to Cody Gibson. After an up and down start to his career that saw him defeat Walel Watson and Ray Cervera and drop bouts to Ulysses Gomez and Casey Olson on his way to a 5-3 record, he has since found a direction, and that direction is up. Lucas Martins has been pulled out of next week's UFC 170 fight against Aljamain Sterling, due to injury, he will be replaced by Gibson on less than two week's notice. MMA Junkie has the report, the nature of Martins' injury was not disclosed.
Gibson will enter the UFC at 26 years of age and on a six fight unbeaten streak, bringing his overall record to 11-3. In his recent streak he's beat solid regional competition in Andrew Whitney and Evan Esguerra along with WEC vet Chad George. He trains out of Team Rhino Elite at which he appears to be the only fighter of note. It looks like he has a background as a high school wrestler as well, however his MMA career has been a mixed bag of decisions, TKO's, and submissions.
Watching Gibson fight it's hard not to see a bit of Matt Riddle in him, and not just because of his remarkable resemblance to the former UFC vet, but his high energy, grappling and wrestling-centric style as well. He's a high energy kickboxer on his feet and throws a lot of combinations, mixing well to the body and head, but he's not exactly a technical marvel and leaves a lot of defensive openings as he throws his hands. Otherwise, Gibson displays a lot of quality in his scrambling ability, sometimes to a fault as his willing grappling aggression will cause him to give up position. He's a young fighter and a very solid athlete, and much like Riddle I could see him beating up on a lot of guys at the bottom of his division. However, I can't help but see that Aljamain Sterling does everything Gibson does, but better and I expect this is Sterling's fight to lose.
To get us better acquainted, here's a look at Gibson's recent fight against Chad George.
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