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Former title challenger Thales Leites returns against Tom Watson at UFC 163

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After a four-year absence, Thales Leites (20-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is once again a UFC fighter.

The onetime middleweight title challenger is slated to return to the octagon at UFC 163 against up-and-comer Tom Watson (16-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC), according to UFC officials, who confirmed the matchup to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following a report on Tatame.

UFC 163 takes place Aug. 3 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The event's pay-per-view main card includes a featherweight title headliner between champion Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis. Preliminary-card bouts serve on FX and Facebook. It's unknown whether Leites vs. Watson will serve on the main card or prelims.

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Post #1   5/30/13 8:15:42PM   

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I'm a bit surprised to see Thales back in the octagon

Post #2   5/30/13 9:00:57PM   

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Posted by sparky

I'm a bit surprised to see Thales back in the octagon




I don't see why you are surprised he was 7-1 outside the UFC and his only loss he avenged. With that said Leites wins by UD

Post #3   5/30/13 9:36:43PM   

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Not sure what to think about Leites. Haven't kept up with him since he left the UFC.

Post #4   5/30/13 9:37:50PM   

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He dropped off the radar so fast after his uneventful title showing

Post #5   5/30/13 9:44:42PM   

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He's improved the couple times I've watched he looks much more competitive

Post #6   5/30/13 11:54:27PM