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Tom Watson vs. Thales Leites Added to Growing UFC 163 Fight Card

Posted on by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Tom Kong WatsonA middleweight match-up between Britain’s Tom Watson and Brazil’s Thales Leites has been added to the UFC 163 card in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

UFC officials made the announcement on Thursday.

Leites (20-4) returns to the UFC for the first time since 2009.  The 31-year-old is on a three-fight winning streak, but hasn’t fought since March 21, 2012.

Watson (16-5) is coming off a win in his last outing against Stanislav Nedkov on Feb. 16.

UFC 163 takes place on Aug. 3 at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  The event is headlined by a featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Anthony pettis.

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  • MuayThaiFood

    Hmm, I’m trying, but I can’t think of one good reason why they brought him back.

    • Lucas Freire

      Adding some depth to the division Anderson destroyed.

    • Baller31

      Agree. After the Silva fight he should be banned for life.

  • The Best Eva

    A guy who was part of the worst title fight of all time, but he does have some slick submissions…I think Thales takes it.

    • Madmmax

      Your right, but Silva had a part in that also. And it continued against Maia and Cote.

      • The Best Eva

        The Cote fight was decent, Anderson’s not going to be jumping in the guard of either of those guys when he’s the champ, That’s career suicide.

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    I want Leites vs Maia! Yes I know Maias booked against Koscheck.

    • MuayThaiFood

      Yes, he’s also in the wrong weight class as well.

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        I’m sure he’ll make the move down. He would be a very nice addition to the WW division.