Thales Leites aspires to be the greatest middleweight on the planet and knows he must be in possession of the UFC belt to accomplish that dream. Since Leites just resigned with the UFC, he’s in no rush.
“Everyone who comes here is thinking about the title,” said Leites on TATAME. “Everyone aspires to get the strap. I’m coming now. I’m going step by step.”
Leites was released in 2009 after posting a 5-3 record. It came off a pair of losses to champion Anderson Silva and Alessio Sakara.
A few years on the local scene, including time for MFC and Leites is back for the UFC. His return is against England’s Tom Watson.
Watson is 1-1 for the UFC, finishing Stanislav Nedkov in his February win. He took Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night for that win.
They meet at UFC 163 on August 3. It comes from Brazil’s HSBC Arena.