Thales Leites eyes "entertaining" UFC return

Former UFC Middleweight Title contender Thales Leites revealed in his latest interview to the Brazilian website Tatame.com that he feels more mature as a Mixed Martial Artist, and expects to make a UFC return sooner than later:

“I was upset when I left the UFC, but now I feel more mature and I’m sure one day I’ll be there again. They pay you to fight and they want entertainment. If you don’t entertain them, there’s a big line behind you wanting to fight. It’s the market. To keep yourself there, you have to do exciting fights. Wanderlei Silva is there even losing three of his last five fights. He’s a showman, and that’s what the UFC wants.”

Twenty-nine year old Leites was cut from the Ultimate Fighting Championship after two consecutive defeats against the eternal UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (at the infamous UFC 97 main event) and the “Legionarius” Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 (Split Decision loss).

Leites is currently 16-3 in his MMA career, going 2-0 following his release from the UFC after defeating Dean Lister at MFC 23 and Rico Washington at the Bitetti Combat VI.


12 Comments

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    davies

    March 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    hope he comes back thales was a good fighter just had a shit game plan against the spider!

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    UnderdogGreatness

    March 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Keith Jardine is still there even atfter losing 3 fights in a row, so i don’t see why Thales Leites Is out of the UFC. He just had a bad fight/game plan against Anderson Silva, but he is a talented fighter. Don’t most fighters look bad when they fight Anderson Silva?

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    IGMBurninPiff

    March 13, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Keith Jardine doesn’t just lay down everytime some1 tries to engage with him… Jardine will fight till he can’t anymore… the biggest reason him layin down like that was that it was against SILVA he’s 1 of the biggest draws there is because he’s always exciting and this guy completely nullified that wasting Dana’s showman in a PPV slot

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    Rezo

    March 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Should be out already. i mean he is done! once fighters chin is gone the
    fighter is done, pity but so. Unless he all of a sudden becomes great grappler .

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    grapplure

    March 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    he needs to be more aggressive he clearly is talented but he plays it safe. and throwing yourself on the ground is only entertaining in the wwe

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    UnderdogGreatness

    March 13, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Forrest Griffin fought Anderson Silva and he got EMBARRASSED. He showed no heart, no effort whatsoever and He absolutely got destroyed, so how come he is still in the UFC?. Yeah, he didn’t just lay down like Thales Leites did but isn’t it about performance?. How can you just cut someone just after one fight? Doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance?

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    TDraGon

    March 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    he should be in,he never should of got kicked out

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    DKMcGrath

    March 14, 2010 at 12:06 am

    He had a second chance Sakara kicked his ass and they booted him.He should go train with some wrestlers if he could get takedowns everyfight like Chael hed be money.Add takedowns,subtract laying on your back as an offence.

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    UrHype

    March 14, 2010 at 3:27 am

    In the pic, hes saying “look I found a muscle” lol
    Hes proof of why fighters need to be more well rounded.

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    kevinowns

    March 14, 2010 at 3:32 am

    lol thales was more embarrasing agaisnt the spider than griffin was… at least griffin came to bang instead of thales droppin to the floor to get banged.

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    FirstnLastEmperor

    March 14, 2010 at 7:58 am

    seriously.. how many wrestlers having boring fights ALL the time and are still there? wasnt matt hughes ww champ forever? lol

    if thales finds a muay thai coach and ONLY works that, **** the bjj buddy, ur good enough put in 2 sessions a day 1 boxing 1 muay thai and we’ll se eu in the ufc again next year as a contender Goodluck

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    Madnessstill

    March 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Sakara so did NOT kick his ass

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