Jeremy Horn (above) will begin his 15th year of fighting against Thales Leites. | Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
Following today’s announcement that Rich Clementi will face Reza Madadi for the vacant lightweight title at Superior Challenge 7, another championship bout has been added to the Swedish promotion’s April 30 card.
UFC veterans Jeremy Horn and Thales Leites have agreed to square off for the vacant Superior Challenge middleweight belt at the event, which goes down at the Hovet arena in Stockholm. Sherdog.com learned of the matchup Tuesday and confirmed the bout with a source close to the event.
One of the sport’s most respected veterans, Horn has been fighting professionally since 1996 and has 112 pro bouts to his credit. “Gumby” made his UFC debut in 1998 and most recently fought for the promotion in 2009, dropping a unanimous decision to Rousimar Palhares at UFC 93.
Since being cut by the UFC, Horn has won seven of eight fights, earning victories over fellow UFC vet Sean Salmon and former Bellator talent Jason Guida. The 35-year-old owns 58 of his 87 career wins by submission and has been knocked out only twice in 15 years of competition.
A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Leites made his UFC debut as an undefeated middleweight prospect in November 2006. After suffering the first loss of his career to dangerous Dane Martin Kampmann, the Brazilian rattled off five straight victories over the next 18 months to earn a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in April 2009. After five rounds of cat-and-mouse antics from the dominant champion, “The Spider” was awarded a unanimous decision.
Leites was bounced from the promotion following his defeat to Alessio Sakara in August 2009. Since that time, the Nova Uniao product has gone 4-1, losing only to former International Fight League champion Matt Horwich in that span. Most recently, Leites earned a second-round submission over hometown favorite Tor Troeng at Superior Challenge 6 in October.