- LISTER READY TO GIVE BACK TO THE TEAM

January 7, 2008
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by MMAWeekly.com







Despite a
much improved striking game that lead him to a unanimous decision victory, Dean
Lister didn’t exactly walk away satisfied with his return to the Octagon at UFC
79 after an 11-month layoff.

 

“That was
absolutely 100% ring rust right there,” he said following the victory over
Jordan Radev. “I’m very happy I won, but now it’s time to step it up.”

 

Although
most people were surprised with the crispness of his striking, Lister didn’t
exactly give himself high marks after the fight.

 

“I rate my
performance at a four… out of a 10. I guess you could say a seven or eight, in
the sense that I won, but in the sense that I can do a lot better, I say a
four. I can do a lot better than what I did.”

 

He did seem
somewhat satisfied being able to display his striking abilities and knows that
as his striking catches up to his world class grappling prowess, his opponents
are going to have a difficult time with the ADCC champion.

 

“Definitely,
striking has been my focus,” said Lister. “I know that no one will take me down.
If they do, I’m not saying that I can’t make a mistake, but if someone takes me
down, that kind of plays into my game.”

 

After
nearly a year out of competition and a win in his return, you’d think Lister
would be chomping at the bit to get back into the Octagon, and he’s okay with
that, but right now, he seems to have other priorities.

 

Saying he’d
like to fight again in three to four months, Lister added, “If (the UFC) wants
me sooner, okay. But I have to reput back into my team. They put all their hopes
and dedication into me, now it’s time for me to put back into them.”

 

href="http://www.mmaexclusives.com/member-inthecage.php"> style='font-family:Arial'>DEAN LISTER POST-UFC 79 “IN THE CAGE” VIDEO INTERVIEW

 

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