Known to UFC fans as “The Boogeyman,” Dean Lister is also known amongst Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu circles as a champion.
And Lister will look to add another Abu Dhabi championship to his trophy case, as MMAWeekly.com reported this week that the UFC veteran has been invited to take part in this year’s Abu Dhabi no Gi submission grappling championships.
For Lister, he will be returning to a competition in which he was crowned champion in 2003 after taking the Absolute Division. Additionally, Lister won superfights at the ADCC in both 2003 and 2005.
Although Lister has not decided what weight class he will compete in, he has made his intentions known that he would like to challenge WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. Both Emelianenko and Lister are World Sambo Champions.
It should be noted that the former PRIDE heavyweight champion’s participation in this year’s ADCC has not been confirmed, although there were rumblings late last year that Emelianenko could be involved in the competition.
Lister was quoted as saying that Fedor would be a great challenge and that he would jump at the opportunity to face him.
Despite Lister’s superior grappling skills, the same level of success he has achieved in the grappling world has alluded him in the world of competitive MMA. Lister has still developed into a competent fighter with an 11-6 record and notable wins over Jeremy Horn and Alessio Sakara. Through his nine-year career, Lister has also competed for PRIDE and King of the Cage in addition to the UFC.
Lister sought and received his release from the UFC following a lackluster unanimous decision loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 92 in December. Currently a free agent, Lister is fielding offers to resume his MMA career but has yet to make a final decision. In the meantime, Lister will continue training for the ADCC while also helping his friend Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal train for an upcoming bout in Japan.