Middleweight contenders Dean Lister and Thales Leites will square off at UFC Fight Night 15 on September 17th at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Nebraska, according to InTheGuard.tv.
UFC Fight Night 15 will air on Spike TV immediately before the debut episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 8” featuring interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and former UFC champion Frank Mir as the coaches of a cast of aspiring lightweight and light heavyweight fighters. Additional bouts set for the event include Nate Diaz vs. Josh Neer, Clay Guida vs. Mac Danzig, and Houston Alexander vs. Eric Schafer.
Lister (11-5) has won four of his five bouts inside the octagon including back-to-back wins over Jordan Radev and Jeremy Horn. His lone loss was an early-2007 split decision defeat to Nate Marquardt.
Leites (13-1) entered the UFC with an undefeated 9-0 record but was defeated by Martin Kampmann in his debut in late-2006. Leites bounced back to win his next four-straight bouts over Pete Sell, Floyd Sword, Ryan Jensen, and, most-recently, Nate Marquardt. His split decision win over Marquardt at UFC 85 in June was aided by two point deductions from Marquardt for kneeing the head of a downed opponent and striking the back of the head.
UPDATE: The tentatively scheduled bout between Dean Lister and Thales Leites has been postponed after Lister suffered a minor knee injury while preparing for the fight.