Dean Lister

Report: Lister Granted Release From UFC


Dean Lister. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Dean Lister has reportedly requested and been granted his release from the UFC following his lackluster decision loss to fellow middleweight Yushin Okami at UFC 92 on December 27.

According to Lister’s management team at Haymaker’s Empire via MMA Weekly, the grappling wizard is already in talks with multiple promotions interested in acquiring his services including Japan-based DREAM and Affliction Entertainment.

Despite putting up an above-average 4-2 record in the Octagon, but UFC President Dana White had been critical of him in recent months because of a string of performances that weren’t too aesthetically-pleasing for fans, especially his fights against Jordan Radev and Yuki Saski, where Lister used cautious grappling skills to coast to decision wins over both fighters.

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Evans, Mir Steal Belts at UFC 92


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Rashad Evans scored a third-round stoppage of fellow “Ultimate Fighter” winner Forrest Griffin to claim the UFC light heavyweight title while Frank Mir put on the best performance of his career in defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to recapture a piece of the UFC heavyweight belt that he once owned at UFC 92.

Evans came into his showdown with Griffin as an extremely slight underdog and the first two rounds of the bout were just as close. Both fighters connected with a mix of punches and kicks with great frequency, but Griffin likely escaped the first ten minutes with an edge on the judge’s scorecards.

A combination of a slip and a grazing right hand from Evans caused Griffin to fall to the canvas at the start of the third round. Evans, a former collegiate wrestler at Michigan State University, pounced on Griffin and landed some punches until the champion was able to tighten things up on the ground.

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UFC 92: Quick Results


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Two championships changed hands Saturday night in Las Vegas as Rashad Evans and Frank Mir each scored impressive stoppages over Forrest Griffin and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira respectively in the two featured bouts at the UFC’s annual year-end show. A full recap of the event will be posted shortly.

Complete results from the fight card:

Patrick Barry def. Dan Evensen - TKO (Leg Kicks)
Brad Blackburn def. Ryo Chonan - Unanimous Decision
Matt Hamill def. Reese Andy - TKO (Strikes)
Antoni Hardonk def. Mike Wessel - TKO (Strikes)
Yushin Okami def. Dean Lister - Unanimous Decision
Cheick Kongo def. Mustapha al Turk - TKO (Strikes)
Quinton Jackson def. Wanderlei Silva - KO (Punch)
CB Dollaway def. Mike Massenzio - TKO (Strikes)
Frank Mir def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - TKO (Strikes)
Rashad Evans def. Forrest Griffin - Submission (Strikes)

Undercard Announced for UFC 92


Yushin Okami. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship yesterday announced the seven-bout undercard for UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008, which will take place on December 27 in Las Vegas. The event will be headlined by Forrest Griffin making his first UFC light heavyweight title defense against Rashad Evans. “Ultimate Fighter 8” coaches Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir will clash for the interim UFC heavyweight belt and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will rematch Wanderlei Silva as well.

Among the undercard fights announced were two matchups that will take place on the televised pay-per-view portion of the fight card: C.B. Dollaway, the runner-up in the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, will take on former IFL middleweight Mike Massenzio and heavyweight contender Cheick Kongo will face his second straight UFC newcomer in Cage Rage veteran Mustapha Al-Turk.

The five preliminary bouts will be spearheaded by a middleweight battle between Yushin Okami and Dean Lister where the winner could get the next shot at Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title in the near future. Additional non-televised bouts include Matt Hamill vs. Reese Andy, Antoni Hardonk vs. Mark Burch, Ryo Chonan vs. Brad Blackburn, and Dan Evensen vs. Pat Barry.

Report: Okami-Lister Signed for UFC 92


Yushin Okami. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Yushin Okami and Dean Lister will reportedly each return from recent injuries and face each other on the main card of UFC 92, which takes place on December 27 in Las Vegas, according to MMA Weekly.

Lister and members of his management team confirmed the matchup yesterday. With both fighters currently on winning streaks in the UFC’s middleweight division, the victor of this bout could be on the fast track to a title shot against the winner of Anderson Silva vs. Patrick Cote next month, especially Okami, who was unofficially scheduled to face Silva on October 25 before suffering a broken hand.

Prior to his injury, Okami had won his last two fights, most recently a second-round knockout of Evan Tanner at UFC 82 in March. Lister was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 15 after suffering a knee injury during training. He last submitted Jeremy Horn with a guillotine choke at “The Ultimate Fighter 7” Finale in June.

Injury Forces Lister Out of UFN 15


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Grappling wizard and current UFC middleweight contender Dean Lister has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 15 on September 17th after suffering a knee injury during a recent training session.

Lister’s management team confirmed the injury with MMA Weekly earlier this afternoon. Lister is only expected to be out of action for a couple of weeks and his bout against Leites is said to be currently in talks to be moved to a yet-to-be-announced UFC event in Portland, Oregon in November. According to Lister’s management team, matchmaker Joe Silva was very understanding of Lister’s injury and will attempt to get him a future fight as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Leites tells Tatame.com that Lister’s withdrawal is now the second straight opponent that pulled out of a fight against him at the same event. Leites stated that newcomer Goran Reljic, who surprisingly stopped Wilson Gouveia at UFC 84 in May, also became injured in recent weeks as well.

“Now I don’t know who will I fight with”, Leites said in the article. “I was thinking and all the other guys from my division are with opponents. They said I’ll fight, but I don’t know against who.”

Report: Lister-Leites Set for UFC Fight Night 15


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Dean Lister will take on his second straight skilled grappler as he will reportedly face Thales Leites in a scheduled bout at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s inaugural venture to Omaha, Nebraska for UFC Fight Night 15 on September 17th.

The news comes from a report by MMA Mania via IntheGuard.tv, which confirmed the bout with sources close to Leites’ camp last night. The UFC has yet to officially announce the bout in any capacity. It’s expected to join a fight between Jeremy Horn and Wilson Gouveia as one of the non-televised preliminary bouts.

Lister is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. Since dropping a lackluster decision to Nate Marquardt last year, Lister has won a unanimous decision over Jordan Radev this past December and submitted grappling wizard Jeremy Horn at “The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale” last month.

Leites is on a winning streak of his own. After dropping his UFC debut to Martin Kampmann, Leites has racked up four straight victories, his most recent a controversial split decision win over former middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt.

TUF 7: Finale Live Results

Results from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale:
Rob Kimmons def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Dean Lister def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Matt Brown def. Matt Arroyo - TKO
Drew McFedries def. Marvin Eastman - TKO
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough - Cancelled
Dustin Hazelett def. Josh Burkman - Submission (Armbar)
Matt Riddle def. Dante Rivera - Unanimous Decision
Spencer Fisher def. Jeremy Stephens - Unanimous Decision
Diego Sanchez def. Luigi Fioravanti - TKO
Amir Sadollah def. CB Dollaway - Submission (Armbar)
Kendall Grove def. Evan Tanner - Split Decision

Mini-commentary:
- Dollaway protested his loss, suggesting he didn’t tap out.  It did appear that he tapped once.  It resulted in a good-looking hanging armbar from Sadollah.
- Tanner could not solve Grove’s size.  He walked into a few punches, and looked surprised by the reach of Grove’s legs.  Tanner had a good third round, but nothing that compared to the first two, which easily went to Grove.  The split decision result was curious.

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Sadollah-Dollaway II Completes “TUF Finale” Lineup


Amir Sadollah. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” showed us that everything isn’t always set in stone, especially when it comes to who will be fighting to become this season’s winner.

After Amir Sadollah pulled off a third-round upset of highly touted wrestler C.B. Dollaway, he was set to join Jesse Taylor in the finals of the reality show’s middleweight bracket for this season. However when a few of the fighters opted to stay in Las Vegas following the filming of the show, Taylor’s infamous drunken escapades continued.

Taylor smashed a limousine window, upset guests at Palace Station, a casino owned by UFC co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, and then gave security all they could handle on the fighter’s final night in Sin City. UFC President Dana White had seen enough and ultimately decided to kick Taylor off of the show, additionally asking Dollaway and fellow semi-finalist Tim Credeur to fight in another exhibition bout to decide who would go on to fight Sadollah in the finals.

Dollaway used his wrestling skills to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision over Credeur, moving on to rematch Sadollah this Saturday night. This season’s finale will see the fewest amount of ‘TUF’ cast members in history - only seven from this season will be on the card. The remainder will have a slew of UFC veterans complete a stacked undercard.

The show will also feature a welterweight battle between Diego Sanchez and American Top Team product Luigi Fioravanti. Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will collide with Kendall Grove, the middleweight winner of the show’s third season, in the night’s main event.

The complete card for the event is as follows:

Main Card:

Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Amir Sadollah vs. C.B. Dollaway
Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens
Matt Riddle vs. Dante Rivera

Preliminary Bouts:

Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett
Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries
Dean Lister vs. Jeremy Horn
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough
Rob Yundt vs. Rob Kimmons
Matt Arroyo vs. Matt Brown

Horn-Lister Among Three Fights Added to TUF 7 Finale


Dean Lister throws a left hand at Jordan Radev. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced four additional fights that will take place at the The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21st.

Longtime mixed martial arts veterans and skilled grapplers Jeremy Horn and Dean Lister will collide in an anticipated middleweight bout that will serve as one of the notable preliminary fights on the card. Horn has lost his last two fights, most recently a submission loss to Nate Marquardt in February. Lister last defeated Jordan Radev in December.

Additional previously rumored bouts that were announced include Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens, Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries, and Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett.

Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will attempt to bounce back from a recent loss to Yushin Okami last month when he takes on Kendall Grove in the main event.

The current card for the event is as follows:

Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Jeremy Horn vs. Dean Lister
Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens
Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries
Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett

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