Table of Contents
- 1. Dean Lister’s Details
- 2. Dean Lister’s Biography
- 2.1. Dean Lister’s Early Life & Amateur Fighting
- 2.2. Main Attraction to Martial Arts Was Bullying Experience of Childhood
- 2.3. Amateur Fighting Career Started in High School
- 2.4. His Devotion to Jiu-Jitsu
- 2.5. Experienced a Hard Time in Life and training
- 3. Dean Lister’s Pro BJJ Combat
- 4. Dean Lister’s Pro-MMA Combat
- 5. Dean Lister’s Historic Fights
- 6. BJJ Instructorship
- 7. Dean Lister Championships and Accomplishments
- 8. Dean Lister Main Achievements (Belts)
- 9. Dean Lister’s Main Achievements (MMA)
- 10. Dean Lister’s Worldwide MMA Rankings
- 11. Dean Lister’s Professional Jiu-Jitsu Record Breakdown
- 12. Dean Lister Jiu-Jitsu Fight History
- 13. Dean Lister Professional MMA Record Breakdown
- 14. Dean Lister MMA Fight History
- 15. Top Fights Links
1. Dean Lister’s Details
|Full Name||Dean Richard Lister|
|Nickname||The Boogeyman, Mister Fister, The Machine|
|Born||San Diego, California|
|Current Residence||San Diego, California|
|Date of Birth||February 13, 1976|
|College/University||Hilltop Senior High School, San Diego State University|
|Last Fight||January 17, 2015, in FMMA|
|Last Weigh In||224.4 lbs|
|Weight Class||Middleweight, Lightweight, Heavyweight|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Reach||75 inch (191 cm)|
|Career Disclosed Earnings||Approximately $106,000 US|
|Fighting out of||San Diego, California|
|Foundation style||Wrestling, Submission Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Sambo|
|Favorite Position/Technique||Guard/ Heel Hooks, Footlocks and Knee locks.|
|Rank||Fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu|
|Awarded By||Jeffery Higgs|
|Head coach||Jeffery Higgs|
|Lineage||Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie >Helio Gracie > Rickson Gracie > Fabio Santos > Jeffery Higgs > Dean Lister|
|Team / Association||Fabio Santos, City Boxing, Top Team, Victory MMA|
2. Dean Lister’s Biography
Whether it is MMA, grappling, or BJJ, the name Dean Lister, The Boogeyman needs no introduction. He was a man of intimidating and charismatic personality responsible for introducing many variations of leg locks in grappling and still reshaping it to date. His detailed instructionals offer a lot to learn from the Boogeyman.
2.1. Dean Lister’s Early Life & Amateur Fighting
Dean Lister, a formidable American grappler, was born on February 13, 1976, in San Diego California. His family has a military background which is why he moved a lot to South American states, like Panama and Venezuela. His stationing in different places with his family has helped him in different languages like English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese. He got his high school education from Hilltop High School after settling in San Diego.
2.2. Main Attraction to Martial Arts Was Bullying Experience of Childhood
Being continually the new meat in schools, he was in many cases in fights and made some harsh memories growing up because of bullying. Bullying was the main reason that he was attracted to martial arts for learning self-defense and to guard himself as he was the smallest kid in class. Besides, he spent many years in Panama during the US invasion, so living in a serious combat zone has also pushed him towards a martial arts and fighting career.
“I was told that the choke is the king, the armbar is the queen, and the foot lock is the dirty thief. Whatever people want to say, foot locks work.”
2.3. Amateur Fighting Career Started in High School
His amateur fighting career started in high school. When he settled back in San Diego, he began wrestling when was in high school and became the champion of the high-school division, a U.S. Public Sambo Champion, a National Gracie Jiu-Jitsu champion, and a U.S. Machado National Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. Jerry Matsumoto was his first coach who confirmed his interest in the submission. Not long after moving on from high school, Lister visited the Fábio Santos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy.
2.4. His Devotion to Jiu-Jitsu
His interest developed in jiu-jitsu as early as he was in his childhood, once he read about it in a magazine, but he officially joined the sport in 1996, right after six months of his training. His dedication and commitment to the sport have earned him a special position in jiu-jitsu. He has been awarded a black belt by Jeffery Higgs. By keeping a receptive outlook and engrossing strategies from different disciplines, he brought a leg lock establishment in the grappling art of jiu-jitsu that he had the option to expand on and accomplish a serious level of progress with his profession.
2.5. Experienced a Hard Time in Life and training
Soon after Lister completed high school, he was exceptionally keen on BJJ because of its outcome in MMA fighting and chose to join Fabio Santos' academy. These were difficult stretches in Dean Lister's life as he had recently joined the school and was essentially all alone, being a full-time worker for his bread and butter, paying for his school educational cost, lease, and jiu-jitsu. So it was a rough patch in his life. But he was a living example of Earnest Hemongways’ depiction:
“A man can be destroyed but cannot be defeated.”
His trainer Fabios Santos, refused to award him a blackbelt because of his major interest in MMA, causing him to leave the academy. But later, Jeffery Higgs awarded him the Black belt.
Apart from his training life, he experienced difficult trials in his personal life as well. He got divorced from model Flavia Mazzoni. He had to stop his career because of severe depression and got addicted to drugs. He recently got hospitalized due to a ruptured spleen.
3. Dean Lister’s Pro BJJ Combat
3.1. ADCC Career
Privilege of Three-Times ADCC Invitation
Lister was a three-time invitee to the ADCC championship. He got the honor in 2000, 2003, and 2005. Apart from his invitation, he is a three times submission wrestling champion as well.
Peak Point of His ADCC Career
In 2002, Dean took first place in the North American ADCC trials where he was also honored as the Fighter of the Night.
In 2003, he won the Absolute ADCC Championship in the Open weight division. In this championship, he consecutively defeated four of the world’s best grapplers which was a record at that time. This was the culmination point of his career which paved the way to launch himself in MMA.
In 2005, he won the ADCC Superfight championship by defeating Jean Jacques Machado.
In 2011, he won the ADCC Championship, by defeating Joao Assis.
In 2013, he won silver in the ADCC Championship.
4. Dean Lister’s Pro-MMA Combat
4.1. MMA Career
His MMA career prospered after the fame gained by the winning streak in ADCC. Dean Lister proceeded to fight in: the planet's greatest associations, Pride FC, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Lister won the King of the Cage Middleweight Championship in his MMA career several times. There was a time in his early MMA career when nobody wanted to compete with him due to fear of deadly leg-lock submissions. That is why he was called by the name “The Boogeyman”. In the mid-2000s, Dean Lister acquainted Danaher with the leg locks when he came to prepare at Renzo Gracie Academy for a couple of weeks. Lister associated his progress in fights with leg-based assaults, and this disclosure uplift Danaher to foster them further.
He has also won the PRIDE Bushido 6, held in Japan, by defeating Akira Shoji in 2005.
5. Dean Lister’s Historic Fights
Dean Lister vs Cacareco
It was Lister's brilliant strategy that he gives opponents what they want and lets them exhaust themselves and ultimately their morale diminishes when their best attack fails. Then he surprised the opponent with an unorthodox move. In the above video, Lister was caught up in an extremely tight guillotine by Ferreira that he had the option to get out of and end up under Ferreira's guard. This would demonstrate very helpful for Dean as the referee reset the activity in the center of the mat. Then he swam his hand to get the heel hook. It was just a beautiful and artistic display of proficiency in techniques.
|2003||ADCC||Cacareco||Win||Heel hook||F||ABS||São Paulo|
Dean Lister vs Jean Jacques Machado
The above fight witnessed Lister’s remarkable championship victory. In 2005, he won the ADCC Superfight championship by defeating Jean Jacques Machado. He won by points (9-0). It was the longest bout with a remarkable win.
|2005||ADCC||Jean Jacques Machado||Win||Points||SPF||Superfight||United States|
Dean Lister vs Alessio Sakara
The above fight shows complete jiu-jitsu perfection as Lister shot Alessio Sarkara to the takedown and got an excellent guard. That was a very dangerous guard. Dean Lister is a full well-rounded submission specialist. He set up a triangle then he grabbed hold of his arm to control it. He secured a well-deserved win by applying a triangle choke.
|2006||UFC 60||Alessio Sakara||Win||Triangle Choke||1||Light heavyweight||United States|
6. BJJ Instructorship
6.1. Instructional Work as Mentor
Dean Lister turned into a significant mentor, with experience preparing proficient MMA contenders like Tito Ortiz. As a senior member, he was on The Ultimate Fighter series 7 (TUF7) as a catching mentor for Team Ortiz.
Moreover, he was associated with academies like “Fabio Santos BJJ Academy”, in 1997, in San Diego and “Top Team Academy” in 2000 in Brazil. There, he trained submission grappling with his innovative techniques.
6.2. MMA Victories
In 2007, Dean lister founded Victory MMA in his hometown, San Diego. His academy is a well-known fitness gym in San Diego. He instructs the beginners and advanced level gi and no-gi BJJ training to the members.
Dean lister has launched various instructional videos to teach his innovative lower body submissions. His DVD series on The K.A.T.C.H System, Worry Escapes, and Grappling Hacks master the grapplers to effective leg attacks and unleash devastation kneeling down, toes, heels, and lower legs.
7. Dean Lister Championships and Accomplishments
- High school division wrestling champion
- Two-time national (US) sambo champion
- Four-time Machado National (US) BJJ champion
- National (US) Gracie BJJ champion
- Three-time winner of ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship
- Grappling coach at Ultimate Fighter series 7 (TUF 7)
- Won King of the Cage Championship (KOTC) 5, 11, 12, 16, 25, 29
- Two times winner of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 60, 79
- Winner of UFC Fight Night 6 and Pride Bushido 6.
- Got the honor as first American to be included in the inaugural class of the ADCC Hall of Fame,2022.
7.1. Records/Medals of Dean Lister
|Event||Year||Medal / Record|
|ADCC World Championship||2003||Gold|
|ADCC World Championship||2011||Gold|
|ADCC World Championship||2013||Silver|
|ADCC North American Championship||2002||Gold|
7.2. Dean Lister's Main Achievements (Jiu-Jitsu)
Won ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
- ADCC 2011 –99 kg: won the gold medal in Nottingham.
- ADCC 2003 –98 kg: Absolute/Open weight: won the gold medal in São Paulo.
|2003||98 kg: Absolute/Open weight||ADCC World Submission Wrestling||Gold|
|2011||99 kg||ADCC World Submission Wrestling||Gold|
One-time ADCC 2002 North American Trials won the gold medal in Los Angeles
|2002||99 kg||North American Trials||Gold|
ADCC 2005 Superfight Championship: Defeated Jean Jacques Machado
ADCC 2013 –99 kg: secured silver medal, in Beijing
8. Dean Lister Main Achievements (Belts)
8.1. Black Belt
Lister is a 4th-degree black belt. Jeffery Higgs awarded him the belt even despite the opposition. A breakdown of his main achievements as a black belt is given below.
|1st||Black||ADCC North American Trials||2002|
|1st||Black||ADCC Superfight Championship||2005|
9. Dean Lister’s Main Achievements (MMA)
Two Times Winner of Ultimate Fighting Championship at the UFC
|2006||Alessio Sarkara||UFC 60||1st|
|2007||Jordan Radev||UFC 79||1st|
Won King of the Cage Championship (KOTC)
|2000||John Jenson||King of the Cage Championship (KOTC)||1st|
|2001||Jerry Jenkins||King of the Cage Championship (KOTC)||1st|
|2002||Jacen Flynn||King of the Cage Championship (KOTC)||1st|
|2002||Branden Seguin||King of the Cage Championship (KOTC)||1st|
|2003||Brian Sleeman||King of the Cage Championship (KOTC)||1st|
|2003||James Lee||King of the Cage Championship (KOTC)||1st|
Winner of UFC Fight Night 6
|2006||Yuki Sasaki||UFC Fight Night 6||1st|
Winner of Pride Bushido 6.
|2005||Akira Shoji||Pride Bushido 6||1st|
10. Dean Lister’s Worldwide MMA Rankings
|86||Greatest MMA Grappler of All Time|
|161||Last Ranked Middleweight|
|25||Highest Quarterly Ranking Middleweight|
11. Dean Lister’s Professional Jiu-Jitsu Record Breakdown
|Professional Break Down Record Jiu-Jitsu|
|Total matches 39||Wins 25||Losses 15|
11.1. Submission Methods W/L
|Rear Naked chokes (RNC)||1||0|
12. Dean Lister Jiu-Jitsu Fight History
|2015||ACBJJ||Muhammad Kerimov||L||Submission (shoulder injury during an Ezekiel choke)||SPF||Superfight|
|2015||ADCC||Ricardo Mesquita||W||Submission (heel hook)||R1||ABS|
|2015||ADCC||Orlando Sanchez||L||Referee Decision||4F||99+|
|2015||ADCC||Hyung Chul-Lee||W||Submission (ArmLock)||R1||99+|
|2015||Polaris Professional Jiu-Jitsu Invitational||Keenan Cornelius||L||Submission (reverse triangle choke)||SPF||Superfight|
|2014||Metamoris 4||Josh Barnett||L||Submission (scarf Hold choke)||SPF||Superfight|
|2014||Macaco Branco Primates||Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen||W||Referee Decision||SPF||Superfight|
|2013||World Jiu-Jitsu Expo||Tarsis Humphreys||W||Submission (heel hook)||SPF||Superfight|
|2013||ADCC||Keenan Cornelius||L||Points||3 PLC||ABS|
|2013||ADCC||Joao Gabriel Rocha||W||Submission (heel hook)||4F||ABS|
|2013||ADCC||Hideki Sekine||W||Submission (heel hook)||R1||ABS|
|2013||ADCC||Joao Assis||L||Points||F||-99 kg|
|2013||ADCC||Cristiano Lazzarini||W||Submission (heel hook)||SF||-99 kg|
|2013||ADCC||Ezra Lenon||W||Submission (heel hook)||4F||-99 kg|
|2013||ADCC||Jia Jing Jang||W||Submission (heel hook)||R1||-99 kg|
|2013||Grapplers Quest: UFC Fan Expo||Joao Assis||L||Referee Decision||N/A||ABS|
|2013||Grapplers Quest: UFC Fan Expo||Kyle Griffin||W||Submission (toe hold)||N/A||ABS|
|2012||Metamoris 1||Alexandere Ribeiro||D||Draw||SPF||Superfight|
|2012||Grapplers Quest: UFC Fan Expo||Ricardo Abreu||W||Submission (heel hook)||SPF||Superfight|
|2011||ADCC||Joao Assis||W||Submission (heel hook)||F||-99 kg|
|2011||ADCC||Rodolfo Vieira||W||Submission (heel hook)||SF||-99 kg|
|2011||ADCC||Radek Turek||W||Submission (heel hook)||4F||-99 kg|
|2011||ADCC||Augusto Ferrari||W||Points||R1||-99 kg|
|2009||ADCC||Glover Teixeira||L||Points||4F||-99 kg|
|2009||ADCC||Andreas Olsen||W||Submission (triangle choke)||R1||-99 kg|
|2005||ADCC||Jean Jacques Machado||W||Points||SPF||Superfight|
|2003||ADCC||Alexandre Ferreira||W||Submission (heel hook)||N/A||ABS|
|2003||ADCC||Marcio Cruz||W||Points (3-0)||SF||ABS|
|2003||ADCC||Saulo Ribeiro||W||Submission (kneebar)||4F||ABS|
|2003||ADCC||Ilir Latifi||W||Submission (guillotine choke)||R1||-99|
|2000||Grapplers Quest West||Marc Laimon||L||Points (2-4)||N/A||ABS|
|2000||Grapplers Quest West||Tony DeSouza||W||Points (4-2)||N/A||ABS|
|2000||Grapplers Quest West||Sean Sprangler||W||Submission
13. Dean Lister Professional MMA Record Breakdown
|Professional Break Down Record MMA|
|Total matches 20||Wins 13||Losses 07|
13.1. Dean Lister Submission Methods W/L
|Inverted Heel Hook||1||0|
14. Dean Lister MMA Fight History
|2015||Fighter 1||Michael Knap||W||Heel Hook||1||Heavy weight|
|2012||Cage Contender 13||Rodney Moore||W||Inverted Heel Hook||3||Middleweight|
|2009||MFC 23||Thales Leites||L||Decision
|2008||UFC 92||Yushin Okami||L||Decision
|2008||TUF 7 Finale||Jeremy Horn||W||Guillotine Choke||1||N/A|
|2007||UFC 79||Jordan Radev||W||Decision
|2007||UFC Fight Night 8||Nate Marquardt||L||Decision
|2006||UFC Fight Night 6||Yuki Sasaki||W||Decision
|2006||UFC 60||Alessio Sakara||W||Triangle Choke||1||N/A|
|2005||PRIDE Total Elimination,2005||Ricardo Arona||L||Decision
|2005||PRIDE Bushido 6||Akira Shoji||W||Triangle Choke||1||N/A|
|2004||PRIDE Bushido 4||Amar Suloev||L||Decision
|2003||KOTC 31: King of the Cage 31||Jeremy Horn||L||Decision
|2003||KOTC 29: Renegades||James Lee||W||Armbar||1||N/A|
|2003||KOTC 25: Flaming Fury||Brian Sleeman||W||Double Armbar||1||N/A|
|2002||KOTC 16: Double Cross||Brenda Seguin||W||Triangle Choke||3||N/A|
|2002||KOTC 12: Cold Blood||Jacen Flynn||W||Kimura||2||N/A|
|2001||KOTC 11: Domination||Jerry Jenkins||W||Heel Hook||1||N/A|
|2001||KOTC 7: Wet and Wild||Jacen Flynn||L||Decision
|2000||KOTC 5: Cage Wars||John Jensen||W||Kneebar||1||N/A|
15. Top Fights Links
Dean Lister Vs Rodney Moore
Keenan Cornelius Vs Dean Lister
Dean Lister Vs Jean Jacques Machado
Dean Lister VsRicardo Arona
Dean Lister Vs Jermy Horn
Dean Lister Vs Josh Barnett