Thales Leites - Unstoppable Middleweight UFC Champion
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Table of Contents
- 1. Thales Leites Details
- 2. Thales Leites Biography
- 2.1. Thales Leites Debut Match
- 2.2. Thales Leites Return To Brazil
- 2.3. Thales Leites Victories
- 2.4. Thales Leites UFC Debut
- 2.5. Thales Leites UFC Fights
- 2.6. Thales Leites Remarkable Victory
- 2.7. Thales Leites’ Biggest Fight and Worst Loss
- 2.8. Thales Leites Historic Fights
- 2.9. Thales Leites First Submission Loss
- 2.10. Thales Leites’ Return To The UFC with Win
- 3. Thales Leites Last Fight and Retirement
- 4. Thales Leites Main Achievements (MMA)
- 5. Thales Leites MMA Professional Record Breakdown
- 6. Thales Leites MMA Fight History
- 7. Thales Leites Top Fights (Links)
1. Thales Leites Details
|Name||Thales Leites Lourenco|
|Born||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Date of Birth||6 September 1981 (age 41)|
|Last Fight||September 22, 2018, in UFC|
|Last Weigh In||185.9lbs|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Career Disclosed Earnings||Approximately $390,000 USD|
|Fighting out of||Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Foundational style||Brazilian Jiu-JItsu, Muay Thai|
|Rank||1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Awarded By||Welton Ribeiro|
|Head Coach||Andre Pederneir|
2. Thales Leites Biography
Thales Leites Lourenco is a mixed martial arts fighter, born on 06 September 1981 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Thales competed in the Middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In April 2015, Leites was ranked #10 in the official UFC Middleweight rankings.
2.1. Thales Leites BJJ Debut Match
In 2003, at Shooto Brazil Thales Leites Lourenco fought his first debut match against Felipe Arinelli. It was not a piece of cake for Leites to fight with Arinelli. The audience was supporting Felipe but they didn’t know that Thales Leites was going to surprise them via an arm-triangle choke submission.
In 2005, Leites made his debut in the Hawaii United States against Adam Roland and won the match. This was Leites' fourth consecutive martial arts victory.
2.2. Thales Leites Return To Brazil
After earning consecutive victories in the US, Thales decided to return back to Brazil. He wanted to stay in his homeland, in a strong community of Jiu-Jitsu fighters. So his first fight in Brazil was with Gustavo Machado who was undefeated in the two consecutive fights of the Japanese Pancrase Organization.
When the fight started, the anticipation of both fighters caught the attention of the audience. In the first two rounds, Gustavo remained dominant as Gustavo was more experienced compared to Thales but in the third round, Thales defeated Gustavo via submission.
Later in September, Thales' rivals decided to invite him to the Rock to fight against his hometown favorite Ronald Jhun. Before the fight, Jhun was confident that he would pin Thales down but Leite’s strategy worked and he managed to defeat Ronald Jhun via technical knockout in the second half of the fight.
2.3. Thales Leites Victories
Until 2006, Thales secured many victories. Thales' fights were admired by a large number of people but he was not able to gain much popularity to be ranked in the mainstream fighters list.
In Japan's MARS and Jungle Fight in Brazil, Thales Leite fought with the renowned fighters, Osami Shibuya and Jose Landi-Jons ( also known as Pele ) and gained huge popularity. In both fights, Thales Leites was less trained and experienced than his opponents. But Thales' fight style was remarkable. Thales managed to defeat Osami via decision and Landi-Jons was choked.
Thales Leites in a post-fight interview shared his views about Landi-Jons.
"He was already famous when I was not even interested in mixed martial arts.”
This was the time when Thales Leites' professional record was 9-0
2.4. Thales Leites UFC Debut
When Thales entered the world of UFC his biggest desire was to fight with Nate Marquardt. Thales was lucky that in September 2006 in the event Ortiz vs Shamrock 3, a fight was scheduled between Thales and Nate. Thales reached late to the place due to some missing documents. The bout was canceled which made Thales desperate and his desire was not fulfilled.
In the Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale, Leites fought against Danish kickboxer Martin Kampmann. Thales Leites lost this match via decision.
2.5. Thales Leites UFC Fights
Thales defeated Pete Sell and Floyd Sword in the UFC fight. Both fighters were graded professionals in the UFC. Leites remained fierce throughout the fights and defeated Pete via arm triangle choke and earned submission.
Just in a few months' time in the UFC, Leites got his record (3-0-1). A bout between Thales and Nate was again canceled because Leites’ hand was broken during training.
2.6. Thales Leites Remarkable Victory
Thales Leites Vs Drew McFedries
Under the card UFC 90, a bout with heavy-handed Drew McFedries turned into a victory for Thales Leites. Thales not only won the fight via submission and secured Rank 1 contenders under the UFC middleweight title.
2.7. Thales Leites’ Biggest Fight and Worst Loss
Thake Leites’ popularity was increasing day by day but then came his worst defeat against Anderson Silva. After the nerve-wracking fight, Silva managed to defeat Thales via a controversial split decision. This fight is regarded as one of the worst fights in history.
When both the fighters stepped into the octagon, the only question that struck my mind was: “Could Leites get Silva to the ground?”
Silva attempted for a takedown in series and striking numbers. Thales' body was bathed in blood. Thales' every attempt failed and he seemed a bit confused about the continuous successful attempts at Anderson.
Thales Leites Vs Alessio Sakara
On the return to the octagon, again Thales was defeated by Italian pro fighter, Alessio Sakara via a controversial split decision.
Referee Marc Goddard seemed quite annoyed due to the lack of action during the fights. He stated to the fighters that mixed martial arts are a “contact sport.”
Due to his continuous losses in matches, Leites was expelled from the UFC. Dana White tried to reverse the decisions but the evidence was futile.
2.8. Thales Leites Historic Fights
The end of the UFC promotion failed to stop Leites from continuing fighting. He fought 7 fights outside of UFC starting from December 4, 2009, at MFC. against Dean Lister in the front poster event of MFC 23: Unstoppable.
Thales Leites Vs Dean Lister
Thales Leites' fight with Dean Lister was the most anticipated fight of the card. On 4th December 2009, at MFC 23, Leites secured victory against Dean Lister via decision.
Thales Leites Vs Rico Washington
Just after a few months, Thales successfully defeated Rico Washington via submission and then Jesse Taylor at MFC 25. Leites regained his UFC promotion on August 3, 2013, in UFC 163.
2.9. Thales Leites First Submission Loss
In California, on 14th August 2010, Thales Leites experienced his first submission loss in his UFC career. Thales was scheduled to fight with Falaniko Vitale but instead faced Matt Horwich who successfully defeated Thales via submission.
Then on 29 October 2010, in the Superior Challenge promotion, Leites submitted middleweight champion Tor Troeng.
2.10. Thales Leites’ Return To The UFC with Win
Thales Leites' victories revealed that he was at the boom of his UFC career. In 2013, UFC reassigned Thales Leites and on his return, he fought Tom Watson on 23 August 2013. He won the fight via unanimous decision.
Thales Leites vs Michael Bisping
Bisping remained aggressive and vigilant throughout the bout. Bisping’s strikes were enough to blow Thales out of the octagon. Leites attempted one takedown but went futile and Bisping declared the winner by decision.
|2015||UFC Fight Night 72||Michael Bisping||Loss||Decision||5||Middleweight||Glasgow,Scotland|
Thales Leites vs Tim Boetsch
At UFC 183, this bout was a tough one and entertaining between Leites and Tim. The bout started and both players got down to striking. There came a moment when Boetsch tried to strangle Leites with a right hook. Tim was not able to ground Leites but he bounced back and got a takedown. Leites tried to attempt an arm triangle choke but Boaestch managed it well.
The fight finished in round 2 and Leites secured his fifth win.
|2015||UFC 183||Tim Boetsch||Win||Submission||2||Middleweight||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
3. Thales Leites Last Fight and Retirement
At the end of UFC Fight Night 137, after a nail-biting fight against Héctor Lombard, Leites won the fight via a unanimous decision.
After the fight, he surprisingly announced the decision of his retirement. He put his UFC gloves on the arena and kneeled with his head over the gloves as a sign of traditional reverence for the sport.
"It's unbelievable, I can’t describe this moment. I have to thank everyone who has helped me throughout this. We come in here, we leave it all in the cage, I’ve been through a lot in the Octagon. My coaches believed in me, they told me to let my hands go, and that’s what I did.”
4. Thales Leites Main Achievements (MMA)
Performance of the Night (Two Times)
Submission of the Night (One Time)
Fight of the Night (One Time)
Superior Challenge (Two Time)
5. Thales Leites MMA Professional Record Breakdown
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||29 wins||9 losses|
5.1. Submission Methods W/L
|Rear Naked Choke (RNC)||3||0|
|Arm Triangle Choke||7||0|
|TKO (Dr. Stoppage)||1||1|
|Knock Out ( Punches )||1||0|
|TKO (Corner Stoppage)||1||0|
6. Thales Leites MMA Fight History
|22-Sep-18||UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders||Héctor Lombard||W||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|12-May-18||UFC 224||Jack Hermansson||L||TKO (punches)||3||Middleweight|
|07-Oct-17||UFC 216||Brad Tavares||L||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|22-Apr-17||UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Lobov||Sam Alvey||W||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|19-Nov-16||UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2||Krzysztof Jotko||L||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|06-Aug-16||UFC Fight Night: Rodríguez vs. Caceres||Chris Camozzi||W||Submission (rear-naked choke)||3||Middleweight|
|27-Feb-16||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping||Gegard Mousasi||L||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|18-Jul-15||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Leites||Michael Bisping||L||Decision (split)||5||Middleweight|
|31-Jan-15||UFC 183||Tim Boetsch||W||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||MIddleweight|
|23-Aug-14||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. dos Anjos||Francis Carmont||W||KO (punches)||2||Middleweight|
|11-Apr-14||UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Nelson||Trevor Smith||W||TKO (punches)||1||MIddleweight|
|16-Nov-13||UFC 167||Ed Herman||W||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|03-Aug-13||UFC 163||Tom Watson||W||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|31-Mar-12||Amazon Forest Combat 2||Matt Horwich||W||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||Catchweight|
|30-Apr-11||Superior Challenge 7||Jeremy Horn||W||Decision (split)||3||Middleweight|
|29-Oct-10||Superior Challenge 6||Tor Troéng||W||Submission (rear-naked choke)||2||Middleweight|
|14-Aug-10||Powerhouse World Promotions: War on the Mainland||Matt Horwich||L||Submission (rear-naked choke)||4||MIddleweight|
|07-May-10||MFC 25||Jesse Taylor||W||Submission (triangle choke)||1||N/A|
|25-Feb-10||Bitetti Combat MMA 6||Rico Washington||W||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||1||Middleweight|
|04-Dec-09||MFC 23||Dean Lister||W||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|08-Aug-09||UFC 101||Alessio Sakara||L||Decision (split)||3||MIddleweight|
|18-Apr-09||UFC 97||Anderson Silva||L||Decision (unanimous)||5||Middleweight|
|25-Oct-08||UFC 90||Drew McFedries||W||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||Middleweight|
|07-Jun-08||UFC 85||Nate Marquardt||W||Decision (split)||3||Middleweight|
|25-Aug-07||UFC 74||Ryan Jensen||W||Submission (armbar)||1||Middleweight|
|23-Jun-07||The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale||Floyd Sword||W||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||1||Middleweight|
|07-Apr-07||UFC 69||Pete Sell||W||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|11-Nov-06||The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale||Martin Kampmann||L||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|29-Apr-06||Jungle Fight 6||José Landi-Jons||W||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||1||Middleweight|
|04-Feb-06||MARS||Osami Shibuya||W||Decision (unanimous)||3||Middleweight|
|10-Dec-05||Ultimate Warriors Combat 1||Jason Guida||W||Submission (armbar)||1||N/A|
|17-Sep-05||ROTR: Qualifiers||Ronald Jhun||W||TKO (doctor stoppage)||3||N/A|
|02-Jul-05||Storm Samurai 8||Gustavo Machado||W||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||3||Middleweight|
|07-May-05||Rumble on the Rock 7||Adam Roland||W||Submission (armbar)||1||MIddleweight|
|29-May-04||Vitoria Extreme Fighting 1||Flavio Luiz Moura||W||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||N/A||MIddleweight|
|29-May-04||Vitoria Extreme Fighting 1||Lucio Linhares||W||TKO (corner stoppage)||1||N/A|
|23-Nov-03||Shooto Brazil: Welcome to Hell||Felipe Arinelli||W||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||N/A|
7. Thales Leites Top Fights (Links)
Thales Leites vs Tor Troeng. SC6: Lions Den
Thales Leites VS José Landi Jons. Jungle Fight 6
UFC 216 Free Fight: Thales Leites vs Brad Tavares
THALES LEITES x PELÉ LANDI
Gegard Mousasi vs Thales Leites
Thales Leites vs Matt Horwich