February 13, 1976 |
San Diego, California, United States
|Other names||The Boogeyman, The Machine, Mr. Fister|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo, Wrestling|
|Team||Fabio Santos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Throwdown Elite Training Center
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu2nd degree black belt in|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for United States|
|ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship|
|Gold||2003 São Paulo||Absolute|
Dean Richard Lister (February 13, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist and a former King of the Cage Middleweight Champion. He currently fights at the Middleweight division after moving down from the Light Heavyweight class. Lister's sparring partner and the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz invited Lister to be his assistant grappling coach on the third season of the Spike TV reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
Lister grew up in a military family and lived in several South American countries, including Venezuela and Panama. Lister speaks several languages. He lived in Panama during the U.S. invasion in 1989, and, according to Lister, 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 Lister's high school years.
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, 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, Lister 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.
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). 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.
Lister 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.
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, Lister avenged this loss by submitting Jeremy Horn with a guillotine choke in the TUF 7 finale.
Lister lost a three-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.
Lister won the 2003 ADCC Absolute World championship and was the 2005 Superfight champion, defeating Jean Jacques Machado. He claimed the World Champion gold medal again in 2011 in the under 99 kg division by submitting João Assis in the final by a heel hook. He also submitted jiu-jitsu world champion Rodolfo Vieira, in his weight division, also with a heel hook .
Lister was formerly married to model Flavia Mazoni.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|19 matches||12 wins||7 losses|
|Win||12–7||Rodney Moore||Submission (inverted heel hook)||Cage Contender 13||March 28, 2012||3||2:44||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|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||December 27, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–5||Jeremy Horn||Submission (guillotine choke)||TUF 7 Finale||June 21, 2008||1||3:53||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–5||Jordan Radev||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 79||December 29, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||9–5||Nate 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||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||2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Opening round|
|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)||King of the Cage 31||December 6, 2003||4||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States||For KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–1||James Lee||Submission (armbar)||KOTC 29: Renegades||September 5, 2003||1||N/A||San Jacinto, California, United States||Defended KOTC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||5–1||Brian Sleeman||Submission (double armbar)||KOTC 25: Flaming Fury||June 29, 2003||1||1:14||San Jacinto, California, United States||Defended KOTC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||4–1||Brendan Seguin||Submission (triangle choke)||KOTC 16 - Double Cross||August 2, 2002||3||4:37||San Jacinto, California, United States||Won KOTC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||3–1||Jacen Flynn||Submission (kimura)||KOTC 12 - Cold Blood||February 9, 2002||2||4:28||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||2–1||Jerry Jenkins||Submission (heel hook)||KOTC 11 - Domination||September 29, 2001||1||4:24||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Jacen Flynn||Decision (split)||KOTC 7 - Wet and Wild||February 24, 2001||3||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||John Jensen||Submission (kneebar)||KOTC 5 - Cage Wars||September 16, 2000||1||1:50||San Jacinto, California, United States|
ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
ADCC 2011 –99 kg: 1st Place
ADCC 2005 Superfight championship: Defeated Jean Jacques Machado.
ADCC 2003 88–98 kg: Quarter finals Openweight: 1st Place
ADCC 2002 North American Trials -99 kg: 1st Place
Record of opponents:
- Won: Jean Jacques Machado (pts 9-0), Iiir Latifi (sub-guillotine), Nathan Marquardt (sub-kimura), Saulo Ribeiro (sub-kneelock), Marcio 'Pe De Pano' Cruz (pts 3-0), Alexandre Ferreira 'Cacareco' (sub-heelhook), Masutatsu Yano (sub-rear naked choke), Augusto Ferrari (pts 2-0), Radek Turek (sub-heelhook), Rodolfo Vieira (sub-heelhook), Joao Assis (sub-heelhook), Ricardo "Demente" Abreu (sub-heelhook)
- Draw: Xande Ribeiro (Metamoris Pro 2012)
Two-time national (US) sambo champion.
Four-time Machado National (US) BJJ champion
National (US) Gracie BJJ champion.
Three-time ADCC World champion
- "Fight Finder: Dean Lister". Sherdog. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
- UFC. "Dean Lister profile". Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- DeanLister.com (2006). "Official Homepage of Dean Lister". Official Homepage of Dean Lister, World Champion Grappler. Retrieved 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. He attended San Diego State University.
- MMAFighting.com. "Dean Lister Pre-KOTC 12 Interview". Retrieved 2009-01-07.