As he told GRACIEMAG.com previously, Thales Leites will have a shot at winning the belt at Canadian mixed martial arts event Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC). The Jiu-Jitsu black belt, coming off a win over ground-fighting stalward Dean Lister in the organization, confirmed the title bout.
“I fight for the belt in Canada on April 9. I still have three options for the confrontation. The event will decide between Bryan Baker, Jason MacDonald and Travis Lutter. Now I know the date, I just don’t know the opponent. I hope by the end of the month they’ll let me know so I’ll be able to focus. I’ve already started preparations and will increase the intensity gradually. I’m stepping it up, “says Thales.
For the challenge, the Andre Pederneiras pupil will again count on the support of Josuel Distak to get him ready. Additionally, Paulo Filho, another Distak-trained fighter, should provide Thales some extra help.
“Beyond with Nova União, I’m also working with Distak, an excellent teacher who’s helping me a lot. Although I have never trained with Paulão, before my last fight, against Dean Lister, I was outwith an injured rib and he was hitting the pads at the gym. He sat beside me and gave me several pointers. So I’m really thankful for the help. We’ll surely train together and that’s what I want, an exchange. I deeply respect Paulão, who’s a tough guy. When I started training he was already a champion, so I must take my hat off to him. I have a lot to learn, “concludes Leites.