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Thales Leites Breaks Hand; UFC 81 Fight With Marquardt Called Off

The middleweight fight between Thales Leites and Nate Marquardt at UFC 81 is now a no go. Leites has broken his hand while training and will require surgery later this week, the UFC announced today.

The Leites fight was announced back in November. Marquardt, a Colorado native, is on his first fight of a four-fight deal with the UFC. The event (UFC 81) is set for February 1st at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

If you recall, this is the call-off number two for Leites and Marquardt fight. They were set to tangle in October of 2006, but Leites had to drop out because of ‘travel documentation problems’ (any guesses to what that might have really been about?). Leites, a BJJ dude, burst onto the UFC scene in “The Ultimate Fighter 4″ finale and lost a decision to Martin Kampmann. It’s been his only loss. His most recent win was an armbar submission against Ryan Jensen at UFC 74.

Also set for UFC 81 is a fight between Tim Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the bullshit interim heavyweight title and Frank Mir against shit-stirrer Brock Lesnar.

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