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Thales Leites brought back by the UFC

Thales Leites brought back by the UFC

It seems like a distant memory, but four years ago middleweight Thales Leites was on a five-fight winning streak and considered the division’s top contender. He would go on to face champion Anderson Silva in a highly forgettable bout where the BJJer pulled guard on numerous occasions to overwhelming disapproval. Leites went on to lose his next bout by Split Decision and was let go from his contract.

Now, after going 6-1 in his seven fights since the release, Leites will have an opportunity to redeem himself to UFC fans with the likely backdrop of Brazil. According to a report from SporTV, Leites has been re-signed and is expected to compete at UFC 163.

No opponent was mentioned though he is expected to find out in the next few weeks.

Leites holds an overall record of 20-4 including thirteen wins by way of submission. Among the notable names he’s beaten since being cut by the UFC are the likes of Matt Horwich, Jesse Taylor, and Jeremy Horn.

UFC 163 is set for August 3 in Rio de Janeiro. Featherweight champ Jose Aldo is putting his gold up for grabs against Anthony Pettis in the main event with other tilts on tap including Sergio Moraes-Neil Magny and Josh Koscheck-Demian Maia.

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  • Screenplaya says:

    OMG, I can’t believe Leites is being brought back. His “performance” against SIlva was so woeful, I was sure the UFC would never bring him back. Sadly, very sadly, I was wrong.

    I hope he gets whupped and is one-and-done with the UFC this time.

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  • MCM says:

    Leites is a good fighter who’s unfortunately remembered for two things, butt flopping against Anderson and going to a split with Marquardt who had 2 points taken away. Do I think he will ever fight for the title again? No, but every division needs it’s tough gatekeepers and Leites is perfect for it.

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