UFC FN 84: Thales Leites Outlines Why He’s “Way Better” Than Version Who Challenged For Title Before
By FCF Staff
Thales Leites hasn’t worked his way into another UFC title fight just yet, but the middleweight says he’s a much better fighter than the man who challenged Anderson Silva way back in 2009.
Leites faced Silva at UFC 97, and lost the disappointing bout by unanimous decision. After a follow up loss to Alessio Sakara, Leites was released and at the time, was written off by many critics.
Since then Leites has gone 11-2, and has worked his back into the UFC’s top ten middleweight ranks. In advance of his bout tomorrow with Gegard Mousasi, Leites told UFC.com the following, while reflecting on the fighter he was several years ago.
“…I’m older, but I’m stronger mentally and physically – way better than before. My first time in the UFC, I was younger, but I didn’t train as well as I train now, I didn’t think as well and I didn’t have the strong mind that I have now. So I’m older, but I’m better in all the situations. And I think this is great. If you pay attention to the divisions, most of the champions are more than 30 years old. Before, the champions like St-Pierre and BJ were younger. Now, if you see my division, the top five are all more than 30.”
UFC FN 84 will be hosted by London, England’s 02 Arena.