Thales Leites Says the UFC is Not Setting Up Trevor Smith to Lose at UFC Fight Night 39
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 04.10.2014
Leites faces Smith tomorrow…
UFC middleweight fighter Thales Leites recently discussed his upcoming UFC Fight Night 39 bout against Trevor Smith. The fight card is set for tomorrow and will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass. Below are some highlights.
Leites on his match-up against Trevor Smith: "I've fought for the UFC belt and I'm on a win streak. I fought (Tom) Watson and I beat him. I fought Herman and I beat him, too. I dominated them in every round. So I did think I would get a tougher opponent, with more name recognition. But that didn't happen. They put me up against Trevor Smith."
Leites on Smith being tough despite not being a big name: "I believe I'm the betting favorite. I do take it one fight at a time. Just because Smith isn't as high profile, it doesn't mean he isn't tough. Anyone in the UFC is tough and deserves to be there. He often makes up for some lack of technique with a lot of heart and hard work."
Leites on every match-up being dangerous: "But I don't think they're setting up Smith to lose. Every matchup is unique and everyone is dangerous. I too wish to win by submission or knockout, regardless of who I'm facing. The truth is, a single emphatic finish carries a lot more weight than three or four decision wins. It's very important to beat an opponent before the final buzzer, before the judges' decision. I personally want this a lot more than the UFC does. I'm training hard to make that happen."
Leites on Smith's record: "If you analyze his recent record, especially in the UFC, he has more losses than wins. He lost to tough opponents such as Tim Kennedy, whom he managed to take down repeatedly. He had a Fight of the Night performance in a split-decision loss against Herman, whom I beat. When he had a split-decision win against Brian Houston, in a good scrap. He's dangerous everywhere. He may win or lose, but if he loses, he makes it hard on you. He doesn't accept losing. That's what makes him dangerous."