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Old 12-22-2008, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anderson vs Thales likely for April Montreal

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While speculation has placed UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (23-4 MMA, 8-0 UFC) in a number of matchups in both the middleweight and light-heavyweight division, it appears likely that "The Spider" will be defending his title at an as-yet-unannounced date in April.

Sources close to the bout have indicated to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Silva and fellow Brazilian Thales Leites (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to the contest. Bout agreements have yet to be signed.

While an official date and venue for the event have yet to be announced, the sources indicated that the UFC is eyeing a return to Montreal for the card.

Rumors had been widely circulating that Silva was a candidate for a main event bout at UFC 95 in London, or that the middleweight champion would be looking to have another go at a light-heavyweight contest. Both of those rumors now appear untrue.

Silva is currently riding a nine-fight winning streak that includes all eight of his trips to the octagon. The 33-year-old was last seen in a widely criticized third-round TKO win over Patrick Cote at UFC 90 in October.

Leites will bring a five-fight win streak of his own to the title fight.

The 27-year-old lost a unanimous decision to Martin Kampmann in 2006 UFC debut. The loss was just the first of Leites' career, and the submission ace has since reeled off victories over Drew McFedries, Nate Marquardt, Ryan Jensen, Floyd Sword and Pete Sell.

The Nova Uniao fighter also owns submission wins over Jose Landi-Jons, Jason Guida and Gustavo Machado prior to his stint with the UFC.

If the currently targeted location of Montreal holds true, it will mark just the UFC's second trip to Canada.

The organization first visited Montreal in April 2008 for "UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2." That event sold-out the 21,000-plus seat Bell Centre in record time, prompting UFC President Dana White to promise that the UFC will "definitely" return to Canada for a second event.
Kinda bummed about this since Thales IMO will be behind the winner of Gouveia vs Marquardt.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow- I'm totally shocked- win or lose- Okami gets f*cked out of his shot. Awesome.
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No disrespect to the guy but he is far from deserving a title shot. His resume is not very impressive.

Maybe they should just make Silva retire the from the Middleweight division.
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WTF... this is Patrick Cote all over again, no wonder Anderson wants to retire? Give him Bisping, Okami or another 205er.
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Kinda bummed about this since Thales IMO will be behind the winner of Gouveia vs Marquardt.
Why would Leites be behind the winner of Gouveia/Marquardt?

He just beat Marquardt two fights ago, and don't tell me it was controversial because it wasn't, Leites was beating Marquardt until he landed the illegal knee and then he had another point deducted from him and Gouveia just got to the division.

For the fight I think Leites can give him a good fight but I just can't go against Silva right now.
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It would be badass if they gave him another fight at 205. I think Silva vs anyone at 205 would generate more numbers than this fight. (Given that its the main event of course.)
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No disrespect to the guy but he is far from deserving a title shot. His resume is not very impressive.
If that were true then why did Dana himself say that he was the next to get the title shot but only the hand injury prevented his shot and gave one to Cote?

He was worthy then but not now?

Plus are casual fans to be more pumped for this fight than one with Okami? I doubt it as most casual fans also don't know who Leites is either.
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Why would Leites be behind the winner of Gouveia/Marquardt?

He just beat Marquardt two fights ago, and don't tell me it was controversial because it wasn't, Leites was beating Marquardt until he landed the illegal knee and then he had another point deducted from him and Gouveia just got to the division.

For the fight I think Leites can give him a good fight but I just can't go against Silva right now.
Leites win over Marquardt wasn't controversial but it does lose some of it's value because of the point deductions.

His other 4 wins in this win streak are really over nobody who matter.

Mcfedries, Sword, Jensen, and Sell Come on now.

If Gouveia wins he would have beaten Jensen, Macdonald, and Marquardt.

If Marquardt wins he would have beaten Kampmann and Gouveia.

Leites has one good win and he got his ass kicked for 2 rounds of it albeit I think the knee really hurt his performance.
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First of all, I had no idea Leites was offered the shot. I would have guessed Okami had it been a trivia question regarding injury and the replacement Cote.

Secondly, I would not agreed back in October either that he was deserving.

I am not convinced that he has earned the oppurtunity as of yet. Can he earn the oppurtunity? Of course he can, it's a matter of whom he fights next. And given the Middleweight division and it's less than appealing roster, I say let the 2 clearcut contenders battle it out for #1 contendership. It would solve all of this and give the less-than-known fighter more exposure when they bill him against Anderson.
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What were their intentions when they made this fight? Thales has one great win in the UFC. A win that is really.. Weird. He's not a big name either so it can't be for the money they will make. I'm guessing that it's just to build Silva up some more so they can keep calling him the best pound for pound fighter in the world. That makes sense to me.
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