Tim Boetsch and Thales Leites Meet in UFC 183 Middleweight Clash

October 29, 2014

Middleweights Tim Boetsch and Thales Leites will square off at UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

UFC officials announced the bout on Wednesday.

Following a strong start to his UFC tenure, Boetsch (18-7) has stumbled a bit over the past couple of years, but is currently on the rebound. After losing the first back-to-back bouts of his career to Costa Philippou and Mark Munoz, Boetsch has sandwiched a loss to Luke Rockhold with victories over CB Dollaway, and most recently, Brad Tavares.

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Boetsch is looking to build momentum following the win over Tavares when he returns to the Octagon in January.

Thales LeitesIt will be no easy task, however, as Leites (24-4) is currently one of the hottest middleweights on the planet. He is currently riding a wave of seven consecutive victories, the four most recent of which have come upon his return to the UFC.

Known primarily as a submission specialist earlier in his career, of late, Leites has shown that he has the hands to deal with a striker like Boetsch. The Brazilian has knocked out his last two opponents, Trevor Smith and Francis Carmont.

The bout will serve as support for UFC 183 headliners Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz, who are both returning from lengthy layoffs and will meet in a five-round non-title fight.

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  • Seth

    Fight…doesn’t sound big, but I think its fun matchup for fans :) I hope it won’t be scrapped

  • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

    Its too bad the UFC protects Bisping from all the TRUE contenders like Thaleis Leitus and Yoel Romero. Its a joke the supposive #9 Bisping was fighting a 43 year old Cung Le who wasn’t ranked in the top 20

    • solo

      They arent protecting him when he’s fighting Rockhold now.

      • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

        Actually the UFC wanted to do Machida/Rockhold but there was so much out cry from the fans because Bisping had opened his big mouth talking sh’t about Rockhold that they didn’t have a choice but to make him fight Rockhold. Everytime Bisping gets his a’ss kicked they give him a “CAN” to pad his record then they say he is one fight away from a title shot. ANYONE else in any other weight class goes to back of the ,line except Bisping. Bisping is and always will be the most overrated fighter in all MMA. Bisping is a pillow punching-back peddling point fighter. Oh wait he beat a 44 year old Cung Le after sticking hi knuckle in his eye. Even old man Cung was beating Bisping until he got poked in the eye. Rockhold is going to destroy Bisping just like every other top 10 fighter Bisping has ever fought. Actually Hamill destroyed him to but that fight was fixed by the UFC. Bigtime Props to the ( ONLY ) British judge who scored that fight 30-27 Hamill which was the OBVIOUS correct score