With five victories in the UFC, Thales Leites had the greatest opportunity of his career at UFC 97, when faced Anderson Silva for the UFC title. However, the Nova Uniao athlete couldn’t repeat the good performances of past fights and was defeated by the champion. Back to
What did you think about your fight with
I didn’t like my performance, because I trained a lot and I know I could have done better... I’m not arrogant to say that I could have won... It was all his merits, who annulled my game and I lost, but I know I could have done better, I could have attacked more, have been a little more aggressive, risking more things, as I was doing (before)... Now, this thing about people talking "Thales was five rounds with him and no one fought for real"... This doesn’t bother me at all, I’m a fighter, I'm professional and I’m always looking for the best performance and victory, of course. I know that
In some moments
No, man, I think that this doesn’t say anything. Fight is fight, you are there to fight. If I want to get there spinning my arm around or flying in the man’s chest... You can do whatever you want, and
People are criticizing you for not being so aggressive and falling with your back on the ground and waiting for
Actually, I didn’t watch television and I wasn’t aware of many criticisms, I haven’t heard the criticism of Ed Soares (
And after this fight, what do you think of
I just confirmed what I already knew: he is the best in this category, he is versatile man... I believe that, if I have to choose who is the best pound for pound in the world, I would put
You have now to do your job again to earn a second shot at
Of course, now I don’t want to think about belt, I want to go back climbing my steps, getting mature and improving every fight. In this fight I learned a lot of things, and will use all of that, all criticism as learning.
In case of Demian Maia faces
Demian must train a lot, believe in his Jiu-Jitsu, in all his potential and know that he will fight a very tough guy. You can’t let the fact that he’s the best pounf for pound affect your head. He must fight is if it were against any other opponent, must train a lot and believe in his game.