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Thales Leites

Born September 6, 1981(1981-09-06)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team Nova União
Rank      black belt in BJJ[1]
MMA record
Total 19
Wins 16
By knockout 2
By submission 10
Losses 3
Draws 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Thales Leites Lourenço, (born September 6, 1981 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, currently fighting at middleweight for the Maximum Fighting Championship. He is known for his technical mastery of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.




Mixed martial arts

A relative newcomer to the sport, Leites made his mixed martial arts debut at Shooto Brazil in 2003, defeating Felipe Arinelli by arm-triangle choke submission. Leites would win his next two fights in Vitória before making his debut in the United States in Hawaii's Rumble on the Rock promotion in 2005, where he defeated Adam Roland in his fourth consecutive mixed martial arts victory.

After a successful outing in the U.S., Leites returned to Brazil to fight Gustavo Machado, who was coming off two wins in the Japanese Pancrase organization. Leites defeated the more experienced Machado by submission in the third round, and was invited back to Rumble on the Rock to fight Hawaiian Ronald Jhun in September. Despite fighting a hometown favorite, Leites notched his sixth victory, defeating Jhun by technical knockout in the later half of the fight.

Although Leites held an unblemished record, he didn't gain much mainstream exposure until his bouts with Osami Shibuya in Japan's MARS promotion, and Jose Landi-Jons in Brazil's Jungle Fight promotion. In both fights, Leites was much less experienced than his opponents; about Landi-Jons, Leites admitted, "He was already famous when I was not even interested" in mixed martial arts.[2] Despite the experience disparity, Leites defeated both opponents, scoring a unanimous decision over Shibuya, and submitting Landi-Jons with an arm-triangle choke, increasing Leites' professional record to 9 wins, 0 losses.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In September 2006, it was announced that Leites would make his UFC debut against veteran middleweight Nathan Marquardt at Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter. However, due to issues with his travel documentation, Leites was not able to compete at the event as planned.

Leites made his debut at The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale, where he lost his first professional fight by unanimous decision to Danish kickboxer Martin Kampmann.

In his next fight, at UFC 69, he defeated The Ultimate Fighter 4 contestant Pete Sell. Leites next earned a submission victory over Floyd Sword at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale by arm-triangle choke. He was then scheduled to fight Ryan Jensen at UFC 74.[3] Leites accepted the fight after Travis Lutter, Jensen's original opponent, was forced to withdraw from the event.[4] Leites defeated Jensen by armbar submission in the first round, raising his UFC record to 3 wins, 1 loss.

Leites was scheduled to fight Nathan Marquardt at UFC 81, but withdrew from the bout after breaking his hand in training. Leites finally fought Marquardt at UFC 85, winning by a controversial split decision due to point deductions in the 2nd and 3rd rounds to Marquardt.

On the undercard of UFC 90 Leites was able to earn a rear naked choke submission victory over heavy-handed Drew McFedries. This win would prove to be valuable as Leites was able to earn number one contendership to the UFC middleweight title against current champion Anderson Silva on UFC 97 in Montreal. Leites was defeated by Silva via unanimous decision. On his return to the octagon, Leites was defeated again via a controversial split decision against Italian Alessio Sakara. The fight inspired a lot of booing which started during the first round and continued throughout the fight. The lack of action during the fight at one point caused referee Lee Goddard to state to the fighters that Mixed Martial Arts was a "contact sport".[5]

Following the loss, Leites, along with George Roop and Tamdan McCrory, were cut from the UFC. Just days later, Dana White revealed to Yahoo Sports his unawareness of McCrory and Leites' release from the UFC and expressed his intentions to reverse those actions.[6] Shortly after, White decided not to reverse the decisions.

Post UFC

Following his release from the UFC he has gone 2-0. With a Decision victory over Dean Lister at MFC 23 on December 4, 2009 and a Submission victory over Rico Washington at Bitetti Combat MMA 6 on February 25, 2010.

Personal life

Leites and his girlfriend welcomed a daughter named Valentina in July 2009.[7]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16-3 United States Rico Washington Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Bitetti Combat MMA 6 02010-02-25 February 25, 2010 1 2:40 BrazilBrasilia, Brazil
Win 15-3 United States Dean Lister Decision (Unanimous) MFC 23 02009-12-04 December 4, 2009 3 5:00 CanadaEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 14–3 Italy Alessio Sakara Decision (Split) UFC 101: Declaration 02009-08-08 August 8, 2009 3 5:00 United StatesPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Cut from the UFC following the loss.[8]
Loss 14–2 Brazil Anderson Silva Decision (Unanimous) UFC 97: Redemption 02009-04-18 April 18, 2009 5 5:00 CanadaMontreal, Quebec, Canada For UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 14–1 United States Drew McFedries Submission (Rear Naked Choke) UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote 02008-10-25 October 25, 2008 1 1:18 United States Illinois, United States
Win 13–1 United States Nate Marquardt Decision (Split) UFC 85: Bedlam 02008-06-07 June 7, 2008 3 5:00 England London, England Marquardt was docked 1 point in Round 2 for kneeing the head of a downed opponent, and another point in Round 3 for strikes to the back of the head.
Win 12–1 United States Ryan Jensen Submission (Armbar) UFC 74: Respect 02007-08-25 August 25, 2007 1 3:47 United States Nevada, United States Won Submission of the Night.
Win 11–1 United States Floyd Sword Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) The Ultimate Finale 5 02007-06-23 June 23, 2007 1 3:50 United States Nevada, United States
Win 10–1 United States Pete Sell Decision (Unanimous) UFC 69: Shootout 02007-04-07 April 7, 2007 3 5:00 United States Texas, United States
Loss 9–1 Denmark Martin Kampmann Decision (Unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale 02006-11-11 November 11, 2006 3 5:00 United States Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Brazil Jose Landi-Jons Technical Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Jungle Fight 6 02006-04-29 April 29, 2006 1 2:40 Brazil Manaus, Brazil
Win 8–0 Japan Osami Shibuya Decision (Unanimous) MARS 02006-02-04 February 4, 2006 3 5:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
Win 7–0 United States Jason Guida Submission (Armbar) Ultimate Warriors Combat 1 02005-12-10 December 10, 2005 1 1:38 United States Hawaii, United States
Win 6–0 United States Ronald Jhun TKO (Doctor Stoppage) ROTR: Qualifiers 02005-09-17 September 17, 2005 3 0:32 United States Hawaii, United States
Win 5–0 Brazil Gustavo Machado Submission Storm Samurai 8 02005-07-02 July 2, 2005 3 Brazil Brasilia, Brazil
Win 4–0 United States Adam Roland Submission (Armbar) Rumble on the Rock 7 02005-05-07 May 7, 2005 1 0:49 United States Hawaii, United States
Win 3–0 Brazil Flavio Luiz Moura Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Vitoria Extreme Fighting 1 02004-05-29 May 29, 2004 N/A Brazil Brazil
Win 2–0 Brazil Lucio Linhares TKO (Corner Stoppage) Vitoria Extreme Fighting 1 02004-05-29 May 29, 2004 1 Brazil Brazil
Win 1–0 Brazil Felipe Arinelli Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) Shooto Brazil: Welcome to Hell 02003-11-23 November 23, 2003 2 Brazil Brazil

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