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Leites Outpoints Horn at Superior Challenge 7

Leites Outpoints Horn at Superior Challenge 7

May 1, 2011

STOCKHOLM — Saturday’s “Rise of Champions” card decided three belts in a wild night of fights and close decisions at Superior Challenge’s seventh outing, held at Hovet Arena.

In a duel between former UFC title contenders, Thales Leites captured the vacant Superior Challenge middleweight title in a tight and protested decision against Jeremy Horn.

“My strategy was to wait and see his gameplan,” said Leites after the fight.

Horn decided to keep the fight standing in a wait-and-see match, leaving the judges a tight fight to decide.

The Nova União fighter’s left leg was visibly damaged by the American’s strategy to use low kicks in his standing arsenal. The “MMA legend,” as Leites referred to Horn, said he thought he’d have the edge on the feet, where the fight mostly played out.

Leites finished both the final two rounds strong; punches in the second and a takedown in the third, which may have given him the edge. After taking some punishment of his own, a second-period barrage for Leites hurt Horn with a series of punches. The final frame was settled as Leites finished a double-leg takedown that seemed to catch the American off guard.

The Brazilian has now gone 5-1 since parting ways with the UFC in August 2009, with his two most recent victories in the Swedish promotion.

Source: Sherdog