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.
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".
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
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.
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". 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.
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
Dean was formerly married to model Flavia Mazoni.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|23||11 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||11-7||Thales Leites||Decision (Unanimous)||MFC 23||December 4, 2009||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||11-6||Yushin Okami||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 92 - Ultimate 2008||December 27, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11-5||Jeremy Horn||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale||June 21, 2008||1||3:53||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10-5||Jordan Radev||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 79 - Nemesis||December 29, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||9-5||Nathan Marquardt||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC - Fight Night 8||January 25, 2007||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||9-4||Yuki Sasaki||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC - Fight Night 6||August 17, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-4||Alessio Sakara||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC 60 - Hughes vs. Gracie||May 27, 2006||1||2:20||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||7-4||Ricardo Arona||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE - Total Elimination 2005||April 23, 2005||3||5:00||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||7-3||Akira Shoji||Submission (Triangle Choke)||PRIDE - Bushido 6||April 3, 2005||1||3:13||Yokohama, Japan|
|Loss||6-3||Amar Suloev||Decision (Split)||PRIDE - Bushido 4||July 19, 2004||2||5:00||Nagoya, Japan|
|Loss||6-2||Jeremy Horn||Decision (Majority)||KOTC 31 - King of the Cage 31||December 6, 2003||4||5:00||San Jacincto, California, United States|
|Win||6-1||James Lee||Submission (Armbar)||KOTC 29 - Renegades||September 5, 2003||1||San Jacincto, California, United States|
|Win||5-1||Brian Sleeman||Submission (Omoplata)||KOTC 25 - Flaming Fury||June 29, 2003||1||1:14||San Jacincto, California, United States|
|Win||4-1||Brendan Seguin||Submission (Armbar)||KOTC 16 - Double Cross||August 2, 2002||3||4:37||San Jacincto, California, United States|
|Win||3-1||Jacen Flynn||Submission (Kimura)||KOTC 12 - Cold Blood||February 9, 2002||2||4:28||San Jacincto, California, United States|
|Win||2-1||Jerry Jenkins||Submission (Heel Hook)||KOTC 11 - Domination||September 29, 2001||1||4:24||San Jacincto, California, United States|
|Loss||1-1||Jacen Flynn||Decision||KOTC 7 - Wet and Wild||February 24, 2001||3||5:00||San Jacincto, California, United States|
|Win||1-0||John Jensen||Submission (Kneebar)||KOTC 5 - Cage Wars||September 16, 2000||1||1:50||San Jacincto, California, United States|
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)
Two time national (US) sambo champion.
Four time Machado National (US) BJJ champion
National (US) Gracie BJJ champion.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 UFC. Dean Lister profile. Retrieved on 2009-01-07.
- ↑ DeanLister.com (2006). Official Homepage of Dean Lister. Official Homepage of Dean Lister, World Champion Grappler. Retrieved on 2006-06-12.
- ↑ ADCC 2003 - Dean Lister vs. Nathan Marquardt at youtube
- ↑ 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.
- MMAFighting.com. Dean Lister Pre-KOTC 12 Interview. Retrieved on 2009-01-07.