Thales Leites, who eight months ago fought for the UFC middleweight title, was given his walking papers in a meeting Wednesday afternoon with the UFC, FanHouse confirmed with a source close to Leites.
Leites (14-3) has been competing exclusively for the UFC since The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale in November 2006. He lost his UFC debut, but would win his next five to earn a shot against champion Anderson Silva. However, both faced heavy criticism after engaging in an uneventful performance . Silva last Saturday at UFC 101 redeemed himself and showed why he's arguably the most dangerous striker in MMA today with his dominant win over Forrest Griffin, but Leites on the other hand, dropped a split decision to Alessio Sakara for a second straight fight to be decided on the scorecards.
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