Dean Lister. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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.”
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