A match featuring middleweights Nathan Marquardt and Thales Leites has been scheduled for UFC 85 on June 7 in London, according to a report by the website GracieMag.com.
The bout has yet to be announced officially by the UFC but the site is quoting Leites as a source for the story. The two had been scheduled to fight each other at UFC 81 but Leites had to withdraw from the fight due to a hand injury. Jeremy Horn replaced Leites on short notice and lost to Marquardt when he submitted to a guillotine choke.
Leites, 12-1, has not competed since submitting Ryan Jensen via armbar at just 3:47 into round one. The Brazilian native is considered by many pundits to be one of the top middleweight prospects in the world.
UFC 85 is scheduled to be headline by a light heavyweight match pitting former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell against “Ultimate Fighter” season two heavyweight winner Rashad Evans.