Gegard Mousasi vs Thales Leites Booked for UFC London Co-Main Event
<p>The UFC announced this morning that a middleweight bout between #9 ranked Gegard Mousasi and #10 ranked Thales Leites has been booked as the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 83 in London:</p><p><div data-oembed-url="https://twitter.com/UFCEurope/status/682547509055614976"></p><p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It's official! <a href="https://twitter.com/mousasi_mma">@mousasi_mma</a> vs. <a href="https://twitter.com/thalesleites">@thalesleites</a> is the new <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UFCLondon?src=hash">#UFCLondon</a> co-main event! <a href="https://t.co/thctgPk4X0">pic.twitter.com/thctgPk4X0</a></p>— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) <a href="https://twitter.com/UFCEurope/status/682547509055614976">December 31, 2015</a></blockquote>
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<p>Mousasi (37-6-2) was originally scheduled to meet Michael Bisping in the co-main event before plans changed. <a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/ufc/6822613/Michael-Bisping-v-Anderson-Silva-booked-as-UFC-London-main-event.html">The Brit was pushed up to the main event spot</a> where he will face all-time-great Anderson Silva.</p>
<p>Mousasi looks to get back in the win column after suffering a brutal flying knee TKO loss to Uriah Hall. The former DREAM and Strikeforce champion entered the UFC in 2013 as a promising contender where he attained a 4-3 record.</p>
<p>Thales Leites (25-5) is coming off of a split-decision loss to Michael Bisping. This loss marked the end of an impressive 8-fight win streak which started back in 2010. Leites’ most notable win is his <a href="http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2015/1/31/7958443/ufc-183-results-thales-leites-submits-tim-boetsch-in-great-fight">submission victory over Tim Boetsch</a> last January where he earned Performance of the Night and Fight of the Night honors.</p>
<p>UFC Fight Night 83 takes place on Feb. 27 at the O2 Arena in London, England. The event will air exclusively on UFC Fight Pass. The card is headlined by Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.