A few notable names were in action over the weekend: -Thales Leites def. Jeremy Horn via split decision - Superior Challenge 7 -Ronny Markes def. Paulo Filho via unanimous decision - International Fighter Championship Photo: Henrik Wall/MMAViking.com
Former UFC title contender, Thales Leites will meet TUF alum Jesse "JT Money" Taylor in the main event of MFC 25: Vindication on May 7th in Edmonton, Alberta. Thales Leites vs. Jesse Taylor Wilson Gouveia vs. Ryan Jimmo Dwayne Lewis vs. Emmanuel Newton David Heath vs. Solomon Hutcherson Luigi Fioravanti vs. Pete Spratt HT: MMA Mania
Thales Leites, who less than four months ago competed for the UFC middleweight title, was given his walking papers in a meeting Wednesday afternoon with the UFC. FanHouse. Also cut after UFC 101 were George Roop and Dan Cramer.
On the same day that Rafael Cordeiro announced his resignation as one of Chute Boxe Academy's head trainers, Wanderlei Silva has expressed his satisfaction with the move and extended an invitation for his former coach to join his team in Las Vegas. "He always was my friend and, for me, it would be very good to have him close to me," Silva told Tatame. "I leave here my invitation to professor Rafael Cordeiro to come to train with my people." Wanderlei also made a prediction for the Anderson Silva-Thales Leites main event at Saturday's UFC 97: "No matter how hard Anderson has trained Jiu-Jitsu with Galvão and Jacare, this guy is on another level. I think that, if he can put him on the ground, Thales will catch him."
Weigh-ins for this weekend's UFC 97: Redemption event take place Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre in Montreal, the same venue that hosts Saturday's pay-per-view event. Fighters hit the scale at approximately 6 p.m. ET, and a live feed of the weigh-ins will be available at a variety of outlets, including UFC.com and Yahoo! Sports. via MMA Junkie