Following a controversial loss to Alessio Sakara at UFC 101, Brazilian fighter Thales Leites received word that he would be released by the promotion. He was surprised by the move.
"My manager received one e-mail from the UFC telling that I was out of the UFC," Leites told MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive interview. "Personally, I think (it’s) unfair."
Despite neither competitor finishing the fight, most felt that Leites did enough to notch the win, but the judges in Philadelphia saw it different and handed the decision to Sakara instead.
"I didn't understand what the two judges saw," Leites commented. "Unreal."
With the news still fresh in his mind, Leites is quick to point out that he doesn't plan to sit on the sidelines for very long.
"Still training hard, looking for new proposals for a fight," he said about his immediate future.
The motivation of being cut seems to be all Leites needed to drive him to work that much harder, and the Brazilian will do exactly that to get back to the top promotion in the sport.
"I was upset about the fight and much more about being cut (from) the UFC," Leites said. "I didn't fight well, but I know that I won that fight. This gives me more motivation to train more and one day come back stronger than ever to the UFC."
Leites will continue his training in Brazil while waiting for his next chance to step back in the ring and prove he belongs among the elite middleweights in the world.
AV bet that if this is true Strikeforce picks him up within a month!
I thought that he won the fight also. Strikeforce has been signing alot of MW's lately, they should add Leites to the roster.
boo frickety whoo, you should have finished sakara
i think the UFC are trying to send a message that they like fights finished, i mean leites wasnt exciteing...
If everyone hates you at your job, you shouldn't be surprised if you get fired.
To all you people that think this is about finishing fights, I could list a number of UFC fighters (many top 10 or ex-champions) that have tons of fights going to decision and/or have games that are not well rounded or are on two fight losing streaks. They are still in the UFC. This inconsistency means that there is some other reason Thales was let go.