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Mat-masters Jeremy Horn and Thales Leites mixing it up in April

Two of the middleweight division’s top grapplers appear set for a showdown of submission skills in Sweden as news has surfaced of a match-up between Jeremy Horn (87-20-5) and Thales Leites (18-4) taking place on April 30 in Stockholm at Superior Challenge 7. Both men are currently in the midst of finding success outside of the Octagon with each only having fallen a single time since being pink-slipped by the UFC in 2009.

Word of the fight was first brought to light by Sherdog who confirmed the information with someone attached to the show’s production.

A veteran of more than a hundred professional bouts, Horn has won seven of his last eight in-ring encounters including six straight at one point with victories over Jason Guida, Brian Warren, and Sean Salmon. “Gumby” has been on hiatus since December when he notched the 58th overall submission of his career in the form of a Guillotine Choke over Lee McKibbin.

Though Leites may lack Horn’s experience he has also excelled since parting ways with the UFC and is no stranger to finishing things on the ground. The 29-year old Brazilian has tapped twelve of the eighteen opponents he’s beaten and won four of the five times he’s fought since a Split Decision defeat to Alessio Sakara at UFC 101. Also similar to Horn, Leites will be looking to kick of his 2011 campaign on a winning streak as he is coming off a submission victory of his own in the latter stages of last year.

The entirety of Superior Challenge 7 has yet to be revealed though it is believed Reza Madadi will take on Rich Clementi based on a recent online statement from the 10-2 Stockholm native with other appearances on the card expected from UFC veterans Hector Ramirez and David Bielkheden.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    I know both are extreamly good grapplers but my feeling is that Thales will keep this fight standing, like he did vs Dean Lister. Thales by decision.

  • Dufresne says:

    Jeremy Horn is an icon and legend in the sport, but he’s kind of an odd fighter. I remember him saying that he fights mostly because he’s good at it, but that he doesn’t really have that type A drive to compete. I can’t imagine how much more dangerous he’d be if he had the kind of competitive drive as many of his colleagues do.

    Because of that, I’m going to go with Leites for the win here. Honestly it wouldn’t surprise me if he wins this via submission. He’s got the skills and out of Horn’s 20 losses, 8 of them are via submission. But while it wouldn’t surprise me if Leites pulls out a submission win, I’m going to have to go with Leites by decision here.


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