Thales Leites (28-4) has called out Michael Bisping (25-6) for his next matchup. While Luke Rockhold was expected to face Bisping next, UFC president Dana white stated: “They’ll meet each other anyway eventually, but Rockhold has got Machida first.” With this news, Leites took the opportunity to express his interest as Rockhold’s replacement.
As he tells MMAfighting.com:
“Bisping is a tough fighter, does great fights. He fights for a long time, does exciting fights. He’s well ranked, has a big name, and I think it’s would be great if we fight. It can be in Brazil or in England. I think it would be an interesting fight.”
Leites has the record to back a fight request for Bisping. He’s on a seven fight winning streak with four consecutive victories in the UFC. He is riding the momentum of a “performance of the night bonus” for his latest KO victory over Francis Carmont. While Thales is known for his dominant Jiu-Jitsu technique, that KO by punches is enough to scare the standup out of anyone.
Michael Bisping has gone 3-3 in his last six fights, with a most recent victory over Cung Le in UFC Fight Night 48. Bisping got a huge win with his victory over Le, and a followup match with Thales Leites would make for a great main event feature. Bisping’s striking power is no news to anyone, but he has taken full advantage of submission finishes four times in his MMA career. If Leites gets his wish against “The Count,” it would make for a great fight once the battle goes to the ground.
“The matchmaking dance has started,” he said. “I don’t know who they are going to match me with. If it’s Bisping, great. If it’s not, the UFC will make a good decision. I will wait, get some rest, go back to training and wait for the call.”