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Distance key for Maia against Silva

Updated: April 6, 2010, 10:26 AM ET
By Franklin McNeil | For ESPN.com

Remember Thales Leites?

He was the solo practitioner given an opportunity to try to wrest the middleweight title from Anderson Silva at UFC 97 in April 2009.

There was a major problem, however: Leites was devoid of any wrestling ability, nor could he box. Forget Muay Thai; fighting on his feet was foreign to him.

His standup game was nonexistent. The only discipline Leites felt comfortable implementing was jiu-jitsu.

To upset Silva, something ...

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