MFC 23: Dean Lister vs Thales Leites

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The Maximum Fighting Championship wasted no time in finding a top-notch opponent for the recently signed Thales Leites as another big-name middleweight has joined the fray.

Former Abu Dhabi world champion Dean Lister signed a multi-fight deal last night and immediately agreed to meet Leites at MFC 23: Unstoppable on Friday, December 4 at the River Cree Resort and Casino. The bout will be the main event of the fight card broadcast live throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico on HDNet Fights.

“This is an outstanding matchup and I am particularly pleased that both Dean and Thales agreed to fight each other so quickly – no discussion, no delays. Just signed, sealed and delivered,” said MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

“It is a great fight. Both guys have a lot to prove and both guys want the MFC title belt. There’s a lot at stake in this fight and that’s when things get very interesting.”

With the signings of Lister and Leites along with the return of Jason MacDonald, the recent main-event victory by Travis Lutter, and other names such as Bryan Baker and Solomon Hutcherson, the MFC’s middleweight division has suddenly become very deep in experienced talent.

“I couldn’t be happier about reloading our 185-pound division,” noted Pavelich. “For too long the division was pretty empty but now the cupboard is full – and full of names that the fans want to see fight.”

Lister (11-6) is one of the most-decorated submission fighters in the world of mixed martial arts, and he holds career victories over such notables as Jeremy Horn, Yuki Sasaki, and Alessio Sakara. Seven of Lister’s nine submission wins have come inside the first round.

The San Diego, California, product has numerous other grappling credentials on his resume. In addition to his Absolute Division championship at the 2003 Abu Dhabi, Lister captured victories in tournament superfights in 2003 and 2005, and he holds the event record with four straight wins in the ’03 event. Lister, a master of foot and knee locks, is a two-time U.S. national sambo champion, a four-time U.S. national champion in Machado Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and a U.S. national champion in Gracie jiu-jitsu.

MMA Rumors: Lutter, Lister, Baroni, Sokoudjou, Monson and More

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Friday MMA Rumors

  1. Official: Travis Lutter vs Dean Lister To Headline MFC 21
  2. Confirmed: Danillo Villefort vs. Jesse Lennox at UFC 101
  3. Rumor: Joe Riggs vs Phil Baroni at June Strikeforce
  4. Official: Bart Palaszewski vs Anthony Njokuani at WEC 40
  5. Rumor: Gegard Mousasi vs Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at DREAM 9
  6. Official: Sergey Kharitonov vs Jeff Monson at DREAM 8
  7. Official: Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Dong Sik Yoon at DREAM 8
  8. Confirmed: CB Dollaway vs. Tom Lawlor Set at UFC 100

TUF 7 Finale Payout and Bonuses

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The official payouts for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale are in from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). The big winner of the night was TUF 1 veteran Diego Sanchez who pulled in 70k for fighting and winning his fight over Luigi Fioravanti. The loser of the night award goes to TUF 2 veteran Josh Burkman who earned 10k to fight. This was Burkman’s 9th fight with the UFC stemming all the way back to 2005.

TUF 7 Finale Fighter Payouts

Kendall Grove ($32,000, fight/win)
Evan Tanner ($25,000)
Amir Sadollah ($16,000, fight/win)
C.B. Dollaway ($8,000)
Diego Sanchez ($70,000, fight/win)
Luigi Fioravanti ($10,000)
Spencer Fisher ($36,000, fight/win)
Jeremy Stephens ($16,000)
Matthew Riddle ($16,000, fight/win)
Dante Rivera ($8,000)
Dustin Hazelett ($24,000, fight/win)
Josh Burkman ($10,000)
Drew McFedries ($26,000, fight/win)
Marvin Eastman ($9000)
Matt Brown ($16,000, fight/win)
Matt Arroyo ($8,000)
Dean Lister ($28,000, fight/win)
Jeremy Horn ($25,000)
Tim Credeur ($8,000)
Cale Yarbrough ($8,000)
Rob Kimmons ($6,000, fight/win)
Rob Yundt ($5,000)

Total Payout: $410,000

These numbers didn’t include the fight night bonuses,

TUF 7 Final Fight Bonuses

Dustin Hazelett ($20,000 for “Fight of the Night”, $20,000 for “Submission of the Night”)
Josh Burkman ($20,000 for “Fight of the Night”)
Drew McFedries ($20,000 for “Knockout of the Night”)

All reported payouts don’t include deductions for insurance, licenses, gym dues, management commissions, and taxes. They also don’t reflect fighter sponsorships, signing bonuses and sometimes PPV percentages.