Dream Superfight Becomes Reality: Dean Lister Steps Up To Face Rousinar Palhares in Jiu-Jitsu Expo Superfight



After being fired from the UFC , with Bellator or World series of fighting showing no interest in signing him and ADCC undoing the invitation for his participation, Rousimar Palhares is in a very delicate situation in his career. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Brazilian. He will fight in the World Pro Jiu-Jitsu Expo in November, an event organized by Renzo Gracie .

Palhares came second at ADCC 2011 in his weight class, losing only to Andre Galvao in the final. He’s set to meet UFC veteran and three-time ADCC champion Dean Lister in a 20-minute submission-only no-gi match with no points.

Both fighters are leg lock masters so this should make for a very intersting fight.

Graciemag first reported the news.

“I already wanted to get ‘Toquinho’ in the event, but wanted even more after everybody started criticizing him and I wouldn’t let that happen,” Renzo Gracie (Jiu-Jitsu expo organizor) told MMAFighting.com. “He’s a great guy, an incredible grappler, and I respect him a lot. He represents jiu-jitsu all the time.”

Lister was offered the fight after he returned from Beijing, China, where he won the silver medal at ADCC 2013, losing to Joao Assis in the final. Lister has won three ADCC titles over his career, in 2003, 2005 and 2011, and holds big wins over of Jean Jacques Machado, Nate Marquardt, Saulo Ribeiro, Rodolfo Vieira and Joao Assis.

“Dean has done some epic fights at ADCC and took this fight on short notice, but he was already in shape after his fights this weekend,” he said. “He’s a great talent and accepted the challenge as soon as we offered it. They are both great leg lock guys and this fight will be amazing.”

Other superfights at the expo are:

Roberto Cyborg Abreu vs TBA

Lucas Leite vs Keenan Cornelius No Gi

Leandro Lo vs Romulo Barral No GI

Bruno Malfacine vs Jeff Glover

Samuel Braga vs Joao Miyao

Jon Fitch vs Paulo Miyao No Gi