Former UFC Middleweight Title contender Thales Leites revealed in his latest interview to the Brazilian website Tatame.com that he feels more mature as a Mixed Martial Artist, and expects to make a UFC return sooner than later:
“I was upset when I left the UFC, but now I feel more mature and I’m sure one day I’ll be there again. They pay you to fight and they want entertainment. If you don’t entertain them, there’s a big line behind you wanting to fight. It’s the market. To keep yourself there, you have to do exciting fights. Wanderlei Silva is there even losing three of his last five fights. He’s a showman, and that’s what the UFC wants.”
Twenty-nine year old Leites was cut from the Ultimate Fighting Championship after two consecutive defeats against the eternal UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva (at the infamous UFC 97 main event) and the “Legionarius” Alessio Sakara at UFC 101 (Split Decision loss).
Leites is currently 16-3 in his MMA career, going 2-0 following his release from the UFC after defeating Dean Lister at MFC 23 and Rico Washington at the Bitetti Combat VI.