Thales Leites is Latest UFC Casualty

Written by Tom Ngo
August 13th, 2009

Funny to think that just four months ago, Thales Leites was fighting Anderson Silva for his UFC middleweight title. See what happens when you post back-to-back decision losses in the Octagon? It appears that Leites is the latest to get cut from the world’s biggest MMA show after his upset loss to Alessio Sakara at UFC 101.

AOL’s FanHouse was the first to report on Leites’ unemployment status, which was later confirmed on UFC.com after his fighter profile was removed from the website.

Prior to his current two-fight skid, Leites had won 14 of his previous 15 contests. His only loss was against Xtreme Couture stud Martin Kampmann in November 2006.

Losing inside the Octagon isn’t that big of a deal, however when you lose in uninspired fashion, consecutively, you better believe that your head is on the chopping block. His poor showing against Silva at UFC 97 spoke volumes in regards to his mind-set when it comes to performing on MMA’s biggest stage.

At 14-3, it shouldn’t take Leites too long to find work. In fact, Team Leites should reach out to Strikeforce as they have aggressively been recruiting all of the UFC’s leftovers.

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