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John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher, Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson Booked for UFC 224

Two bouts have been added to the UFC 224 lineup, as John Lineker will square off against Brian Kelleher at bantamweight, while Thales Leites will meet Jack Hermansson at middleweight in Rio de Janeiro on May 12.
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John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher, Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson Booked for UFC 224

Two bouts have been added to the UFC 224 lineup, as John Lineker will square off against Brian Kelleher at bantamweight, while Thales Leites will meet Jack Hermansson at middleweight in Rio de Janeiro on May 12.
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John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher, Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson Booked for UFC 224

Two bouts have been added to the UFC 224 lineup, as John Lineker will square off against Brian Kelleher at bantamweight, while Thales Leites will meet Jack Hermansson at middleweight in Rio de Janeiro on May 12.
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Yair Rodriguez, Dennis Bermudez, Thales Leites Among Favorites at UFC Fight Night 92

Yair Rodriguez has inspired belief among the oddsmakers.
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Yair Rodriguez, Dennis Bermudez, Thales Leites Among Favorites at UFC Fight Night 92

Yair Rodriguez has inspired belief among the oddsmakers.
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Michael Bisping puts all UFC middleweights on blast after Thales Leites win: ‘Line ‘em up!’

Top 10-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contender Michael Bisping scored a razor close, split-decision win over Thales Leites (highlights here) at UFC Fight Night 72 earlier today (Sat. July 18, 2015) in Glasgow, Scotland.

“The Count” kept a steady pace, weathering several dizzying barrages from the former title challenger, while pumping jabs and leg kicks his way. Bisping tallied his second straight victory in the process — something he has not accomplished since 2011. Most important, it is his second “W” over a Top 10 opponent.

And he wants another shot at a few familiar foes.

“I know I’m capable of this. Thales was a tough fight tonight. Line up the next opponent; I want to get back in there ASAP,” Bisping…

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Michael Bisping Squeaks Past Thales Leites at UFN Glasgow

Michael Bisping earned a split decision victory tonight in the UFC’s first trip to Glasgow, Scotland; defeating Thales Leites in a five round standup battle. Bisping and Leites were ranked ninth and tenth, respectively, at 185 lbs coming into the bout, and odds makers had it listed as virtually even money — as did many […]

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Michael Bisping puts all UFC middleweights on blast after Thales Leites win: ‘Line ‘em up!’

Top 10-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contender Michael Bisping scored a razor close, split-decision win over Thales Leites (highlights here) at UFC Fight Night 72 earlier today (Sat. July 18, 2015) in Glasgow, Scotland.

“The Count” kept a steady pace, weathering several dizzying barrages from the former title challenger, while pumping jabs and leg kicks his way. Bisping tallied his second straight victory in the process — something he has not accomplished since 2011. Most important, it is his second “W” over a Top 10 opponent.

And he wants another shot at a few familiar foes.

“I know I’m capable of this. Thales was a tough fight tonight. Line up the next opponent; I want to get back in there ASAP,” Bisping…

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Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites UFC Fight Night 72 scorecard

Michael Bisping managed to get it done against Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 72 in Glasgow, Scotland, but just barely.

On two judges’ scorecards, Bisping earned the nod, taking scores of 49-46 and 48-47. On those scorecards from Mark Collett and Howard Hughes, Bisping lost the third round, but won the first, second and fourth. The third judge, Paul Sutherland, only gave Bisping the first and fourth, awarding the bout 48-47 to Leites.

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UFC Fight Night 72 complete fighter breakdowns, Michael Bisping and Thales Leites edition

MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 72 headliners Michael Bisping and Thales Leites, who will scrap this Saturday (July 18, 2015) inside The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

Long-time Top 10-ranked Middleweight, Michael Bisping, will go head-to-head with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 185-pound title challenger, Thales Leites, this Saturday (July 18, 2015) at UFC Fight Night 72 inside SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bisping has been hanging around the bottom-half of the division’s Top 10 for a few years now. He’s also come up short in a few title eliminator matches and hasn’t strung together consecutive wins since 2011, so his window for earning a title shot is likely coming to a close.

In short, victory is imperative for the Englishman.

On the other hand, Leites actually earned his shot years ago, but was shut down by Anderson Silva without much resistance. Since then, his skills have developed considerably, and Leites is currently in the middle of his second run toward the top.

Let’s take a look at the skills of both men and see how they stack up:

Striking

A very effective high-volume striker, Bisping uses his conditioning advantage and constant strikes to slowly wear his opponent down. Once that happens, he’ll step up his aggression and brutalize his tired opponent.

Bisping may not be the biggest puncher around, but it’s no mistake that he’s scored 15 knockout wins.

For the most part, Bisping relies on his boxing. Utilizing his length and solid footwork, the Englishman works from the edge of his boxing range, often popping his opponent with the jab. In addition, Bisping’s kick game has greatly developed over the last couple years, allowing him to become more effective from this range. He mostly works with low kicks, but Bisping will shoot out quick, chopping kicks to the mid-section and head as well.

Once Bisping settles into his rhythm and establishes range, he’ll begin to expand on his combinations, many of which are some mixture of the jab and right cross. If Bisping feels his opponent start to slow down, he’ll really open up, sitting down on heavier hooks to the head and body.

Bisping is also a pretty effective fighter in the clinch. He’s not particularly dynamic from that position, but Bisping can control and exhaust his opponent while landing decent punches and occasional knees.

Defensively, Bisping has always been a fairly hittable fighter. He stands fairly tall and is not quick to move out of range after landing his shots, meaning he’s been countered hard quite a few times across his career.

Leites’ Muay Thai has really improved upon his Muay Thai attack. Training out of Nova Uniao, it really shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the jiu-jitsu ace is now such a dangerous striker.

There’s a very noticeable change in confidence in Leites. On his feet, he’s become something of a bruiser, confident in his chin and ability to push forward with heavy punches. Even when he does occasionally devolve into a brawler, it’s far better than when he was an extremely tentative fighter desperate to drag the fight to the mat.

Now, Leites has plenty of faith in his punches, particularly his big right hand. Now something of a pressure fighter, Leites looks to move his opponents toward the fence where he can bomb on them with a massive overhand. In addition, Leites will continue to trade in the pocket afterward, again showing his new confidence.

Furthermore, Leites’ clinch striking has become much more effective, which is a nice development considering his reliance on clinch takedowns. From close range, Leites is very effective with his elbows and knees. Plus, he’ll momentarily step back with a heavy combination before closing the gap once more.

Finally, Leites’ kicking game has improved greatly as well. His low kicks are particularly nasty, but he’s also more than capable of going high.

Wrestling

Leites’ takedowns have improved alongside the rest of his game. At its base, it’s still larger the same as its always been, but Leites is both more powerful and more confident in his takedowns than during his first UFC run.

For the most part, Leites likes to trip his opponent from the clinch. He’s a big fan of the outside trip and does an excellent job clamping down on his opponent’s lower back with a body lock. Additionally, Leites will look to circle around to the back clinch whenever an opportunity arises.

In addition, Leites will level change with a takedown. Generally, he prefers to wrestle against the fence, as strength is now one of his assets and a failed double against the cage can easily move into the clinch. He’ll commonly hide his shot behind the overhand right.

Between his increase in physical strength and technical wrestling prowess, Leites is now a considerable takedown threat.

Offensively, Bisping is an above average wrestler, but that part of his game is rarely used and does not appear overly complicated. When faced with a power puncher — a notable example would be Brian Stann — Bisping will look for an opportunity to duck under a big punch and land a double leg against the fence.

For years, Bisping has been a tough man to wrestle. He’s a fairly large middleweight, which makes overpowering him in the clinch a difficult proposition. In addition, he possesses a strong sprawl and whizzer, and his lengthy style of striking gives him enough distance to read most takedown attempts.

Still, Bisping’s never been impossible to takedown. Prior to his loss to Tim Kennedy, Bisping had always been able to work his way back to his feet relatively quickly, often using the fence to return to his feet.

As one of the premier wall-walkers in the sport, Bisping always did one thing extraordinarily well: he never allowed his opponent to settle. Once Bisping fell to the mat, he’d immediately begin working for an underhook or applying pressure on an overhook.

Regardless of what position he landed, Bisping was already in the process of getting back up.

Not only does this make him difficult to hold down, but even successful attempts are extremely exhausting. It’s not uncommon for a fighter to be able to briefly drag Bisping’s butt to the mat early, but after “The Count” scrambles back to his feet a couple times, he’s the fresher man and will defend without issue.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ)

A Nova Uniao black belt, Leites is a very strong jiu-jitsu player. He’s won fourteen of his profession fights via submission against just a single loss via rear naked choke, which he avenged by arm triangle in order to return to the Octagon.

Despite his attempts to pull guard on Anderson Silva — and really, the alternative was standing with Anderson freaking Silva, so it wasn’t such a terrible move — Leites is really a top player. Once he drags his opponent down to the mat, Leites uses heavy top pressure and cut passing to slowly steamroll through his opponent’s guard.

Once in a dominant position, Leites begins his attack. He’s finished a variety of submissions across his career, but the big two are the rear naked choke and arm triangle.

The rear naked choke is quite often as simple as it appears, so let’s focus on the Nova Uniao specialty, the arm triangle.

Regardless of whether Leites is in mount, side control, or even back mount, he’s constantly keeping a lookout for the arm triangle. While it’s possible to initiate the move himself, that’s much more difficult to finish against a game and aware opponent. Instead, Leites is always waiting for his opponent to extend an arm away from his body.

Once they do, Leites will immediately drive his own head into his opponent’s arm pit while simultaneously hooking his arm around the head. Basically, he’s isolating the head and arm, similar to many other chokes like the regular triangle and d’arce.

After locking this position in, Leites keeps his head pinned to the mat and shoulder low — both very overlooked keys to finishing the submission — and attempt to move into the side control on the same side of the choke. At worst, he’ll settle for mount, which can be slightly more difficult. Regardless, Leites will apply the squeeze and slowly drain the life from his opponent.

To be honest, Bisping has never really shown any offensive jiu-jitsu inside the Octagon. Defensively, he’s always been very competent at escaping bad positions and avoiding submissions, essentially delaying long enough to employ his excellent wall-walk talents.

The main exception to this was his recent guillotine loss to Luke Rockhold, but Bisping had his head knocked around by Rockhold’s shin just seconds before getting choked, so we might need to give him a pass for that one.

Best chance for success

Leites needs to start this fight quickly. Bisping is hittable, while Leites2.0 has legitimate power and finishing ability. Simply put, Bisping’s conditioning will shift the odds more towards his favor the longer this fight goes, so the Brazilian should attempt to blow him out of the water early.

Besides, it’s not like Bisping’s known for landing counter punch knockouts or anything like that.

Since finishing the scrappy Brit is less than a certainty, Leites should also look to wear Bisping down. With low kicks and body shots — such as Leites’ knees in the clinch — Leites can effectively slow his opponent down as well, even if “The Count’s” excellent cardio holds up.

For Bisping, the exact opposite is true. He simply needs to avoid getting clipped or submitted early on, and the fight will slowly get easier for him. To avoid getting clocked, Bisping should rein in his volume a bit and focus on his striking defense.

Alternatively, if Leites opens the bout by wrestling, that wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Englishman. That will be very exhausting for Leites, and Bisping’s veteran enough to scramble without giving up easy submissions. Again, this is largely a waiting game for Bisping early on.

Once he’s in the clear, Bisping can start putting pop behind his shots and try to get Leites out of there.

Will Michael Bisping begin a new win streak, or will Thales Leites continue his second title run uninterrupted?

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