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Report: Leites vs. Reljic at UFC 90

The latest bout added to UFC 90 on Oct. 25 is a middleweight bout between Brazilian Thales Leites and Croatian Goran Reljic, according to a report on

Leites had been rumored as scheduled to fight Dean Lister during UFC Fight Night 15 in September, but the match was scuttled after Lister reportedly pulled out of the fight.

Leites could become an eventual number one contender for the UFC middleweight title currently held by Anderson Silva, as he has won four consecutive fights in the UFC.

He has just one blemish on his 13-1 overall MMA record, having lost his UFC debut to Martin Kampmann during the live season finale for the fourth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Since the loss, he has bounced back with wins over Pete Sell, Floyd Sword, Ryan Jensen, and his most recent win, a controversial split decision against Nathan Marquardt at UFC 85 this past June.

Reljic made his UFC debut at UFC 84 this past May as a light heavyweight. He upset Wilson Gouveia with a TKO at 3:15 of round 2 and improved his record to 8-0 in the process. Dropping down to 185 pounds, Reljic is someone who could possibly shake up the division.

UFC 90 will take place just outside of Chicago in Rosemont, Ill. and will emanate from the Allstate Arena. The card will be headlined by a UFC middleweight title defense by Silva, who is set to face challenger Patrick Cote. A welterweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Thiago Alves is expected to take place on the card as well.

  • naphta says:

    Goran can cut down to 185?!

  • Justin B says:

    I was really looking forward to seeing him and Lister get it on. That would of been a nice little roll. Im a big Lister fan how could you not like that guy.

  • dpk says:

    This is awsome, Reljic could be 2-3 fights away from being a legit contender to Anderson Silva. I’m saying he will beat him, just saying he could be an interesting match up if he keeps winning and improving.

    I think Dana Whites Dream scenario over the next 2 months for the MW division include.
    Demian Maia takes out MacDonald at 87 (Maia would need a few more wins to be a top contender, but he needs to pass this test)
    Kampmann beats Marquardt at 88
    Palhares beats Hendo and looks good doing it at 88
    Bisping knocks out Leben and dominates the fight at 89
    Reljic beats Leites at 90 (A win by Leites would not be a terrible thing, and both guys would be in the same category as Maia)
    Vitor Belfort beats Matt Lindland at Afflcition, and moves toward free agency and a hugh fight with Anderson Silva in UFC next year.

    Palhares, Kampmann, and Bisping would be first in line for a title shot if they win out their upcoming fights, and would breath some great new life into the top rung (behind Anderson) of the UFC MW division.

  • Rich S. says:

    i’m excited to see how this guy will do at MW.. but, i just think Leites being his opponent at a new weight is down-right crazy..

    oh well..


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