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Thales Leites expects to surprise fans at UFC 163 with improved stand-up

Thales Leites expects to surprise fans at UFC 163 with improved stand-up

Middleweight Thales Leites is set to make his return to the Octagon this weekend after a four-year stint outside of the UFC where he compiled a 6-1 mark including four submission victories. With thirteen tap-outs in twenty total wins, it’s no secret Leites is a mat-based technician more so than a well-rounded fighter.

That being said, Leites expects to catch a few fans off-guard tomorrow night at UFC 163 when he faces Tom Watson (16-5).

“Several factors will define this fight: stand-up exchanges, in which I might surprise a lot of people, and wrestling, where we’ll decide if the fight will remain on the feet or go to the ground,” said Leites in an interview with MMAJunkie. “We should also consider physical and mental preparation.”

“I am confident in my victory. I don’t feel this fight will go to the judges. It will end by KO or submission,” predicted Leites.

The 20-4 Leites should definitely have his hands full when it comes to striking with Watson, as “Kong” has knocked out eight opponents. Fans can see whose stand-up reigns supreme when the two square off on the PPV portion of Saturday night’s show.

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