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Thales Leites

Thales Leites

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  • Name: Thales Leites
  • MMA Record: 25-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname:
  • Current Streak: 8 Wins
  • Age: 33 | Date of Birth: 1981.06.09
  • Last Fight: January 31, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Nova União
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 78.0" (198cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $333,000 USD
  • Born: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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Thales Leites is a brazilian mixed martial artist who holds a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He would begin his MMA career with an excellent run going 9-0 while finishing all but 1 of his opponents. His biggest win in that run was over Jose Landi-Jons also known as Pele. The win was enough to catch the eye of the UFC who would pick Leites up.

He would debut at the Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale losing a decision to Martin Kampmann. However after that loss he would go on a 5 fight win streak with victories over notable names like Nate Marquardt, Pete Sell and Drew McFedries. It was enough to earn him a title shot at the reigning champion Anderson Silva. However he would end up on the losing end of a decision at UFC 97 when they fought. His next fight was a Split Decision loss to Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 causing him to be cut from the promotion.

Leites would continue to fight for other promotions and picked up wins over some names like Dean Lister, Jeremy Horn and Matt Horowich on way to a 6-1 post UFC record. It had been over a year since his last fight but the UFC decided to give him another shot and he would defeat Tom Watson at UFC 163 by Unanimous Decision. His UFC return would continue to go well for him picking up a decision over Ed Herman and his first TKO victory since 2005 over Trevor Smith. Leites would continue his triumphant return to the UFC with a second straight TKO finish when he defeated Francis Carmont  at UFC Fight NIght 49 also earning a Performance of the Night bonus.


Leites would again finish in spectacular fashion against Tim Boetsch at UFC 183. Boetsch looked like he really had Leites in trouble but Leites would bounce back and finish him with an arm triangle in the second round to pick up his 6th win since returning to the UFC. Leites would also pick up the Fight of the Night bonus and the Performance of the night bonus.

Last updated 02.06.2015, 9:02 AM ET
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Thales Leites Middleweight Ranking History

Thales Leites MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Choke
3:45 Round 2 of 3, 8:45 Total

Tim Boetsch
24-4-0 18-7-0

UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2015.01.31
Odds: -335 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $148,000 ($24K Base, $24K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#2 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
#6 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2015
UFC 183 Fight of the Night
UFC 183 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:20 Round 2 of 3, 5:20 Total

Francis Carmont
23-4-0 22-9-0

UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. dos Anjos
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.08.23
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 185.8 lbs (84.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
UFC Fight Night 49 Performance of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:45 Round 1 of 3

Trevor Smith
22-4-0 11-4-0

UFC Fight Night 39: Nogueira vs. Nelson
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2014.04.11
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Neil Hall
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ed Herman
21-4-0 20-9-0

UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.11.16
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Kim Winslow
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tom Watson
20-4-0 16-5-0

UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2013.08.03
Odds: -165 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
4:39 Round 2 of 3, 9:39 Total

Matt Horwich
19-4-0 27-20-1

Amazon Forest Combat 2
Co-Main Event | Catchweight | 194 lbs

2012.03.31
Weigh-In: 194.2 lbs (88.1 kgs) | Referee: Fernando Yamasaki
Win | Decision | Split

Jeremy Horn

Superior Challenge

2011.04.29
Win | Submission | Choke

Tor Troéng

Superior Challenge

2010.10.29
Loss | Submission | Choke

Matt Horwich

California Regional

2010.08.14
Win | Submission | Choke
2:27 Round 1 of 3

Jesse Taylor
16-3-0 14-5-0

MFC 25: Vindication
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.05.07
Odds: -310 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.6 lbs (84.2 kgs) | Referee: Vern Gorman
Win | Submission | Choke

Rico Washington Sr.

Bitetti Combat

2010.02.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Dean Lister
14-3-0 11-6-0

MFC 23: Unstoppable
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.12.04
Odds: -345 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs (84.1 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Alessio Sakara
14-2-0 13-7-0

UFC 101: Declaration
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.08.08
Odds: -345 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Anderson Silva
14-1-0 25-4-0

UFC 97: Redemption
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2009.04.18
Odds: +458 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Submission | Choke
1:18 Round 1 of 3

Drew McFedries
13-1-0 7-4-0

UFC 90: Silva vs Cote
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.10.25
Odds: -451 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Marc Fennell
Cancelled Bout Goran Reljic UFC 90 2008.10.25
Reason: Reljic Injury
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Nate Marquardt
12-1-0 26-7-2

UFC 85: Bedlam
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2008.06.07
Odds: +193 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:47 Round 1 of 3

Ryan Jensen
11-1-0 11-1-0

UFC 74: Respect
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.08.25
Odds: -315 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $58,000 ($9K Base, $9K Bonus, $40K Sub/Night) | Weigh-In: 188.0 lbs (85.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
UFC 74 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
3:50 Round 1 of 3

Floyd Sword
10-1-0 10-2-0

The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.06.23
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Pete Sell
9-1-0 7-2-0

UFC 69: Shootout
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2007.04.07
Odds: -275 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs (84.4 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Martin Kampmann
9-0-0 10-1-0

The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2006.11.11
Disclosed Pay: $3,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs (83.9 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Cancelled Bout Nate Marquardt UFC The Final Chapter 2006.10.10
Reason: Leites Visa
Win | Submission | Choke

Jose Landi-Jons

Jungle Fight

2006.04.29
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Osami Shibuya
7-0-0 33-30-14

MARS
Main Card | 85 kg | 85 kg

2006.02.04
Win | Submission | Armlock

Jason Guida

Hawaii Regional

2005.12.10
Win | KO/TKO | Injury

Ronald Jhun

Rumble on the Rock

2005.09.17
Win | Submission | Choke

Gustavo Machado

Storm Samurai

2005.07.02
Win | Submission | Armlock

Adam Roland

Rumble on the Rock

2005.05.07
Win | KO/TKO | Retired

Lucio Linhares

Espirito Santo Regional

2004.05.29
Win | Submission | Choke

Flavio Luiz Moura

Espirito Santo Regional

2004.05.29
Win | Submission | Choke

Felipe Arinelli

Shooto Brazil

2003.11.23
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Submission | Choke

Erik Teixeira

Shooto Brazil

2003.07.12

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