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This Is Getting to Be a Habit For Dean Lister

(Lister vs. Leites, 12/4/09. The video appears to have some problems midway through, but you aren’t missing much.)

Dean Lister got back in action this weekend for the first time since the dismal performance against Yushin Okami that prompted his dismissal from the UFC. As you may recall, after that painfully boring fight Lister took to the internet to offer a pseudo-apology (or, if you prefer, a fauxpology) to fans before then challenging those fans to come down to his gym and fight him if they’re so freaking tough. Oddly, this did not seem to win people over.

On Friday Lister squared off against fellow UFC castoff Thales Leites at MFC 23 and the result was sadly predictable. Leites did everything he could to press the action, but once again Lister reverted to pulling guard and settling for a stalemate once his ineffectual takedowns failed him. He lost the decision, further alienated whatever fans he may have had left, and, from the sound of it, even pissed off his cornermen:

I hope that not everyone is too abusive to me in this forum cause I would like to apoligize for my fight against Leites. Even my own corner let me know that this is an abomination of a fight and my worst performance ever, so what can I say??? the first kick landed by Leites set the tone of the fight. While he absolutely beat me fair and square and I have no excuses, this is the blow (kick) that set the pace. This is my bad leg, my knee that I have always had problems with. This I guess is similar to saying in another fight for instance "he broke my eye socket" and I lost, lol so yes my leg was damaged in the first damm round, like I said, not an excuse but the reason I was so immobile and not able to do anything… well from my point of view. I must give my opponent credit and he has improved his striking to an incredible extent.

Incredible might be a bit of an overstatement, but you get the point. Lister goes on to admit that maybe he should have considered taking a tune-up fight before this, presumably against some poor schmuck who freaks out and goes all to pieces at the sight of a butterfly guard.

Long story short, Lister knows this was a terrible fight, but what he doesn’t know is what he should do next. Find a weaker opponent? Spend a year in Thailand doing nothing but kicking and punching things? Quit MMA altogether and stick to jiu-jitsu? Finally get the band back together and tour the country in a beat up old school bus? Only Lister can make this decision. Hopefully he chooses a path that he won’t have to continually apologize for on internet forums.

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Pff I would destroy him- December 7, 2009 at 1:54 pm
This is the first time I have ever boo'ed a fighter. Also the first time I have ever walked out on a main event. (or a fight card for that matter) Not to take anything away from the overall event. Every fight was great(ish, Im looking at you Jason)
mjmcnns- December 7, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Maybe the MFC is to blame for pitting two fighters with notoriously boring fights against one another...
nicey- December 7, 2009 at 11:43 am
Pedro "Ole" Martinez (-227) vs Don "Face Down" Zimmer (+220) II

I'm thinkin' Don can pull off an upset here.
Tai-Pan- December 7, 2009 at 11:33 am
What joke?
Jesus tapped my sister- December 7, 2009 at 11:14 am
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha... HEYYY LEITES!
I Know Nothing- December 7, 2009 at 10:13 am
From Dean to his GF:

I hope that not everyone is too abusive to me in this forum cause I would like to apoligize for my performance in bed last night. Even my own girlfriend let me know that it was an abomination and my worst performance ever, so what can I say??? My GF set the tone of the night and I have no excuses. I have always had problems with premature ejaculation & when we started out the evening with lots of foreplay, making her put on a Gi, forcing her to lie face down & calling her GSP, I was sooooooo hot that I climaxed just as penetration occurred, I just couldn't take it anymore. This I guess is similar to saying, in a fight for instance, "that Jon Jones slammed me so hard he broke my coccyx" and I lost, LOL so yes my ego was damaged, like I said, not an excuse but the reason I was so immobile and not able to do anything after 2min... well from my point of view anyway. I must give my GF credit though as she only screamed at me for being a limp dicked, worthless ass-pirate for 1 hour this time. She has improved her restraint to an incredible extent.
agentsmith- December 7, 2009 at 9:51 am
Meanwhile in Brazil, Anderson Silva laughs and laughs...
ReX13- December 7, 2009 at 9:38 am
Whatever hateropticons, Martinez-Zimmer is huge news.

War Zimmer!

(We still have a good three days before we run this meme into the ground.)
Best_Blank_Ever- December 7, 2009 at 9:37 am
And thanks, by the way, for linking up that Leites bio on the Cage Potato wiki. I, for one, am very much looking forward to UFC 97, when Leites will "get the biggest test of his career when he takes on UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva in the main event of the evening"

I'm expecting a stand and bang, first round knockout for Leites in that one.
Kimbos Bread- December 7, 2009 at 9:37 am

Lunk- December 7, 2009 at 9:33 am
hmmmm... Nope, still not funny Tai-Pan.
Thatsozay- December 7, 2009 at 9:32 am
Will someone please laugh at tai-pans stupid Martinez Zimmer "joke" so he will shut the fuck up?
KidDinomite- December 7, 2009 at 9:29 am
If Leites spent a year in Thailand or just outright spent 90% of his time learning good, effective striking, he would be a major force in MMA, if not a future champion. The days of one-dimensional fighters in MMA are over. I would like to see him return triumphantly to the UFC with much-improved kickboxing or Muay Thai and his already deadly jiu-jistu.
Tai-Pan- December 7, 2009 at 9:15 am
Aren't you forgetting about the Pedro Martinez vs. Don Zimmer II?