In a couple of weeks time, Thales Leites will throw down with Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 72, and he if wins, the middleweight will be poised to enter the title shot mix. Chances are not too many people were predicting that to happen, when Leites exited the UFC back in 2009…
The 33 year-old fighter is currently riding an eight fight winning streak, and has gone 5-0 now since he returned to the UFC in 2013. In addition, the jiu-jitsu wizard has showcased much improved striking during that time, and is no longer just a ‘gotta get it to the ground’ kind of fighter.
Of course, when Leites does take guys to the mat, it usually doesn’t go well for them. Case in point, the UFC has posted Leites’ choke out victory over Tim Boetsch, which went down in January. You can watch the bout below.
UFC FN 72 will be hosted by Glasgow, Scotland on July 18th.