Former UFC middleweight Dean Lister has requested, and was granted, his release from the organization. After suffering a convincing loss to one of the division’s top contenders in Yushin Okami at UFC 92, Lister wanted freedom to seek new employment in the new year.
The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard posted a 4-2 record inside of the Octagon, and holds a respectable 11-6 record overall, however posted a humiliating performance against Okami.
“Listen, I had a very poor performance my last fight,” Lister stated on The Underground forum. “Truth is that I let my team and my gym, my friends and definitely myself down for this fight. It’s not only that I lost, but I really showed a poor performance.
“I do apologize for things and how they turned out, especially to my fans and my friends and my team (none of you deserve this; it’s no one’s fault but my own),” Lister added. “Things in life are strange.”
Before coming to the UFC, he made quite a name for himself fighting in Japan. Word is that Lister is already in negotiations with various promotions in Japan, as well as Affliction Entertainment.
According to his management at Haymaker’s Empire, Lister is looking to find work sooner rather than later. Look for him to find a new home within the upcoming months.
Lister became a fan favorite after he appeared on the “The Ultimate Fighter 3” as the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach for Tito Ortiz’ team. Unfortunately, he was unable to transcend his exceptional ground skills into an overall MMA game that could compete at the UFC level.