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