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Thales Leites Is Ready For Anderson Silva

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Leites speaks via Sherdog:

“I can fight him standing,” said Leites. “I will not be afraid to fight him in the standup game. I will never be afraid. I’ve been training my muay Thai and boxing for five years and I think that I’m ready for any situation. I will be ready for anything. I know he wants to fight me standing to try and knock me out. But anything can happen. Cote was doing a good job with him closing the distance and keeping him down every time and moving forward in front of him. I’m thinking I have to do the same thing.”

While Leites has improved his standup game, I think he's just talking right here.  He did put Nate Marquardt on his back with a big shot, but Marquardt is not Anderson Silva in the stand up department.

This was the response Leites gave in regards to BJJ and how he stacks up agaisnt Silva in that department:

“I think so,” said Leites. “I compete in jiu-jitsu for a long time. I’ve been training jiu-jitsu for 10 years and competing every time. I think this will be the difference because I feel more comfortable on the ground, but I don’t know. Anything can happen. He already showed that he’s a tough guy and he has a lot of good skills on the ground.”

I think it's safe to say that I'm in the minority in regards to thinking Leites is capable of beating Silva.  Many people are just blowing Leites off, but I'm not one of them.  I think he's way more of a threat to beating Anderson Silva than Patrick Cote was, simply because of his ground game.  Leites is very adept on the ground, and I think he'll be able to get it there at some point.  From there, it'll be interesting how the fight unfolds.