Thales Leites. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Streaking grappling ace Thales Leites, winner of his last five fights, is said to currently be on a short list of potential contenders that could receive a shot at Anderson Silva’s UFC middleweight title at some point next year.
UFC President Dana White reportedly made the revelation at a question-and-answer session between himself and select fans that took place prior to the weigh-ins for the UFC’s “Fights for the Troops” event in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
According to White and UFC Vice President of Talent Relations Joe Silva’s remarks, Leites remains at the top of a list that includes multiple fighters that are under consideration to possibly face Silva when he makes his next middleweight title defense. Silva is currently rumored to be next competing at a yet-to-be-announced UFC event in London, England in February.
Leites, who most recently scored a first-round submission of Drew McFedries at UFC 90, has won his last five UFC fights since dropping an unanimous decision to Martin Kampmann in his UFC debut two years ago. Leites picked up the biggest win of his career in June when he earned a razor-close split decision over former middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt.
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