UFC Cuts Thales Leites, But Picks Up A Janitor (UPDATE)



According to Fanhouse, the UFC cut once middleweight contender Thales Leites following a split decision loss to Alessio Sakara at UFC 101. Before losing to Anderson Silva earlier this year, Leites was on a 5 fight tear trough the UFC middleweight division. The “power that be” in the UFC must have lost hope for Leites’s fan appeal, following the UFC 97 disaster fight with Anderson Silva.

Also, the UFC has announced the return of IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko. Matyushenko first opponent will be Igor Pokrajac on the undercard of UFC 103, on Sept. 19 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

The UFC also cut, fan favorite, Tamdan “The Barn Cat” McCrory.

UFC President Dana White pulls rank,

UFC president Dana White wasn’t aware of plans to drop both Leites and welterweight Tamdan McCrory and said he would reverse those decisions.

They won’t be cut, White said Thursday night. [Yahoo Sports]

Smart move, Leites and “The Barn Cat” would have been a big boost to Strikeforces or any other promotions welterweight and middleweight divisions.

Iole, updated his report. After some internal discussion with UFC officials, Dana White “We are cutting them”.


  1. tom

    August 13, 2009 at 1:35 am


  2. roy

    August 13, 2009 at 1:54 am

    i heard they cut the barncat as well, to bad i liked how he fought.leites i can understand them dropping him but barncat brung it.

  3. derek

    August 13, 2009 at 6:17 am

    who is the barncat?

  4. Al 2.0

    August 13, 2009 at 6:22 am

    tamdan mccroy

  5. whodini

    August 13, 2009 at 9:56 am

    i like Matyushenko hes fun to watch

  6. Kash

    August 13, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I thought both of those guys had great potential so I'm sad to see them go. Leites just lacks aggression on the feet. He's top notch on the ground and has an iron chin. Kampmann and Marquardt dropped bombs on him and he didn't drop.

  7. TJ

    August 13, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    good. im glad they cut thales. he lost all my respect, wen he fought silva. floppin all over the ring like a pussy ass bitch. that shit was embarrassing.

  8. Al

    August 13, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    TJ: …..agree..he's got no fan base now, and who, i'm saying WHO wants to see him fight in the UFC? thats a serious question and back it up with some facts/fan base

  9. T.R.

    August 13, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    no one wants to watch him fight and if you can't put ppl in the seats then dana does not want you around. i'm glad he's gone.

  10. steve

    August 14, 2009 at 3:59 am

    I wouldnt have minded seeing Thales get cut and I am kinda dissapointed that they picked him back up. But with Tamdan I was kinda pissed when I heard they released him b/c he is the kind of guy you want to see fight. Glad he isnt gone.

  11. STEVEO

    August 14, 2009 at 4:07 am

    i agree with steve, i wouldnt miss leites at all but mcrory is a good fighter thats fun to watch that would have been an odd move

  12. roy

    August 14, 2009 at 5:43 am

    i agree as well, i wouldn't have missed thales but he is a goo fighter and i am glad they kept barncat he is scrappy and fun to watch fight win or lose.

  13. Mike

    August 14, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    they have been Released. i hope to see them in Strikeforce soon, especially Barn cat as hes fun as hell to watch.

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