Leites Looks to Establish Himself in UFC
Brazilian Thales Leites
(Pictures) is one of the best South
American prospects currently fighting in the UFC. The BJJ black
belt under Nova União returns to the octagon this Saturday on the
undercard of the fifth Ultimate Fighter finale when he faces
Floyd Sword in a
middleweight contest. Leites (10-1-0) spoke with Sherdog.com and
promised to show his BJJ skills once again.
The expectation is always good. I trained hard to show myself
better than before and to not commit any mistake, because there is
always a risk to commit mistakes. I look to improve myself, and the
fact that this fight will be shown live is another reason to make
me more motivated and to train hard to show a great
Thank God, for sure (laughs). I hope they keep enjoying because I
will always give my best to make a great fight and to reach my
goals. My goals and also the fans' goals, because they want great
fights and this is what I'm trying to do.
The best possible. Dedé (Andre Pederneiras) lead us
hard. The team always trains together, everybody united. I trained
a lot for this match.
This is my only trouble by now. I never watched anything about him.
Actually I only saw a picture of him on the Internet. All I know is
what he looks like and that he fought in King of the Cage. I know
he has nine wins and six by submission, so he must have a improved
ground game. The fact that I didn't see his fights makes him more
dangerous, but this is not a big deal. I would like to know if he
is left-handed or right-handed. My friend Gustavo Dantas told me he will
try to get some of his fights and send it to me. Then I will
This depends on the guy. There are some guys who feel the
difference of fighting in the UFC, but there are others who didn't
feel it. How he has fought in KOTC, he should be used to fighting
in a cage. But whatever the case, we will see at the right time
there in the octagon.
For my last fight I was well prepared and focused. I went there to
make a fight without any mistakes, but didn't want do only the
basics. I was looking for the victory, but my game plan is to take
down and submit -- to put my BJJ in action. He did well, was a
warrior by defending the positions, including the anaconda choke
that was very tight. He was truly a warrior, but everybody who saw
the fight knows that I looked for the submission all the time. I
didn't want to lose any position. I looked for the positions,
peppering him with punches and trying to submit. It was a good
I think this will be an awesome fight. They are both tough guys.
They always fight well. B.J. will have his rematch. They are both
tough and their last fight was a long time ago. I will bet on B.J.
and I cheer for him.
This weight division is already very competitive, but it will
become more and more. This is a great thing because I'm there and I
know the better fighters are all there. Of course it's hard to have
all the top fighters there, but the UFC is signing a lot of people
and really growing. We will be sure we'll have the toughest fight
ever, and it will be harder than ever to get the title. The
rankings will become more competitive and this is great because the
fights will be even better and the fighters will have to train more
and more to be there.
I think every fight has a different history. Of course, we have a
point of view by knowing the guys. Anderson has excellent Muay
Thai; he feels comfortable on his feet and he trusts his ground
skills. Nathan also has his weapons; he is also a tough guy. I
won't point the favorite. Let's wait for this fight. If I have to
choose my favorite, I will vote for Anderson because he is
Brazilian like me. Let us see how this fight will be.
I think his participation will be the best possible. This is the
opportunity he was waiting for. Shaolin is a very dedicated guy, is
a great athlete, very tough. I think he will get this title.
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