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Dean Richard Lister (February 13, 1976 in San Diego, California ) is an American mixed martial arts fighter and a former KOTC champion. He currently fights at the Middleweight division after recently moving down from the Light Heavyweight class. Dean was also an assistant coach on the third season of the Spike TV reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.

Biography Edit

Dean Lister grew up in a military family and lived in several South American countries including Venezuela and Panama. Dean speaks several languages. He lived in Panama during the U.S. invasion in 1989, and, according to Dean, he was "right in the middle of a serious combat zone".[1]

After living in several different cities in the United States, Lister's family settled in San Diego for Dean's high school years.

Martial arts career Edit

Lister often fought as a kid, mostly due to a combination of being the "new kid", a foreigner, and being small for his age. The need to protect himself led Dean to wrestling and martial arts.

He started wrestling in high school, and became the high school division wrestling champion and a U.S. National Sambo Champion. Shortly after graduating from high school, Dean Lister visited the Fábio Santos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy in San Diego with his wrestling teammates, and became very interested in the sport. He started competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 1996, six months after he started training.

Since 1997, Dean has been working as an instructor for Santos. Lister teaches both beginner and advanced students at Throwdown Elite Training Center in San Diego. The classes typically begin with Dean teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques, followed by Jiu Jitsu sparring.[2]

In 2000, Dean Lister traveled to Brazil to train at the Top Team Academy for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro.

Dean Lister currently holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, given to him by Jeffrey Higgs, who holds a black belt under Fábio Santos. He maintains that it is "the biggest and most challenging sport that exists".[1] Lister does not favor any particular technique, although he is mostly known for his leg attacks (foot locks and knee locks). Dean Lister is a two-time U.S. National Sambo champion, a four-time U.S. Machado National Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion (weight class and open classes), and a National Gracie Jiu Jitsu champion.

Dean was invited three times (2000, 2003, and 2005) to the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) championship, a prestigious grappling tournament consisting only of the top 16 grapplers in the world of each weight class. Lister won the Abu Dhabi Absolute Division championship in 2003, as well as two Superfights in 2003 and 2005; in addition, he set a tournament record by defeating 4 of his opponents consecutively (3 by submission) in 2003.

It is worth noting that one of Lister's MMA losses is against Nathan Marquardt, despite previously submitting him in the 2003 ADCC tournament.[3]

Dean Lister was a King of the Cage middleweight champion, and defended his title several times before losing to Jeremy Horn in a Light Heavyweight fight. KOTC stripped Dean of his title after the loss, even though it was at a higher weight class. Years later, Dean avenged this loss by submitting Jeremy Horn with a guillotine choke in the TUF 7 finale.

Dean lost a 3 round unanimous decision to Yushin Okami at UFC 92 on December 27, 2008, dropping his UFC record to 4-2. He subsequently requested to be released from his UFC contract, and has since signed with the Maximum Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

In 2006, Dean's sparring partner and the former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz invited Dean to be his assistant grappling coach on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Personal lifeEdit

Dean was formerly married to model Flavia Mazoni.[4]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Loss 11-7 Brazil flag Thales Leites Decision (Unanimous) MFC 23 02009-
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December 4, 2009
3 5:00 Canada flagEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 11-6 Japan flag Yushin Okami Decision (Unanimous) UFC 92 - Ultimate 2008 02008-
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December 27, 2008
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11-5 United States flag Jeremy Horn Submission (Guillotine Choke) Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale 02008-
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June 21, 2008
1 3:53 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 10-5 Bulgaria flag Jordan Radev Decision (Unanimous) UFC 79 - Nemesis 02007-
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December 29, 2007
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 9-5 United States flag Nathan Marquardt Decision (Unanimous) UFC - Fight Night 8 02007-
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January 25, 2007
3 5:00 United States flag Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 9-4 Japan flag Yuki Sasaki Decision (Unanimous) UFC - Fight Night 6 02006-
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August 17, 2006
3 5:00 United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8-4 Italy flag Alessio Sakara Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC 60 - Hughes vs. Gracie 02006-
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May 27, 2006
1 2:20 United States flag Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 7-4 Brazil flag Ricardo Arona Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE - Total Elimination 2005 02005-
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April 23, 2005
3 5:00 Japan flag Osaka, Japan
Win 7-3 Japan flag Akira Shoji Submission (Triangle Choke) PRIDE - Bushido 6 02005-
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April 3, 2005
1 3:13 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan
Loss 6-3 Armenia flag Amar Suloev Decision (Split) PRIDE - Bushido 4 02004-
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July 19, 2004
2 5:00 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan
Loss 6-2 United States flag Jeremy Horn Decision (Majority) KOTC 31 - King of the Cage 31 02003-
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December 6, 2003
4 5:00 United States flag San Jacincto, California, United States
Win 6-1 United States flag James Lee Submission (Armbar) KOTC 29 - Renegades 02003-
September
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September 5, 2003
1 United States flag San Jacincto, California, United States
Win 5-1 United States flag Brian Sleeman Submission (Omoplata) KOTC 25 - Flaming Fury 02003-
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June 29, 2003
1 1:14 United States flag San Jacincto, California, United States
Win 4-1 United States flag Brendan Seguin Submission (Armbar) KOTC 16 - Double Cross 02002-
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August 2, 2002
3 4:37 United States flag San Jacincto, California, United States
Win 3-1 United States flag Jacen Flynn Submission (Kimura) KOTC 12 - Cold Blood 02002-
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February 9, 2002
2 4:28 United States flag San Jacincto, California, United States
Win 2-1 United States flag Jerry Jenkins Submission (Heel Hook) KOTC 11 - Domination 02001-
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September 29, 2001
1 4:24 United States flag San Jacincto, California, United States
Loss 1-1 United States flag Jacen Flynn Decision KOTC 7 - Wet and Wild 02001-
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February 24, 2001
3 5:00 United States flag San Jacincto, California, United States
Win 1-0 John Jensen Submission (Kneebar) KOTC 5 - Cage Wars 02000-
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September 16, 2000
1 1:50 United States flag San Jacincto, California, United States

Grappling credentialsEdit

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

ADCC 2005 Superfight championship: Defeated Jean Jacques Machado.

ADCC 2003 88–98 kg: Quarter finals Openweight: 1st Place

ADCC 2002 North American Trials ?kg: 1st Place

Record of opponents:

  • Won: Jean Jacques Machado (pts), Iiir Latifi (pts), Nathan Marquardt (pts), Saulo Ribeiro (pts), Marcio 'Pe De Pano' Cruz (pts), Alexandre Ferreira 'Cacareco' (pts) , Masutatsu Yano (sub)
  • Lost: Xande Ribeiro (pts), Ricardo Almeida (pts)

Misc.

Two time national (US) sambo champion.

Four time Machado National (US) BJJ champion

National (US) Gracie BJJ champion.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 UFC. Dean Lister profile. Retrieved on 2009-01-07.
  2. DeanLister.com (2006). Official Homepage of Dean Lister. Official Homepage of Dean Lister, World Champion Grappler. Retrieved on 2006-06-12.
  3. ADCC 2003 - Dean Lister vs. Nathan Marquardt at youtube
  4. Dean Lister Comes Home for UFC Debut Saturday “I had a lot of personal issues with my ex-wife and family stuff and I lost a lot of my motivation,” Lister admitted.

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External linksEdit

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