UFC Quick Quote: Tom Watson wants to be the first man to knock out Thales Leites at UFC 163

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Tom Watson makes it known that he wants to be the first fighter to defeat Thales Leites by (technical) knockout when he shared the Octagon with the Brazilian at UFC 163 on Aug. 3, 2013.

"He's a phenomenal jiu-jitsu guy, logic suggests don't go to the ground with him, you know, don't have a jiu-jitsu match, but he's never been TKO'd in 24 fights, you know, that says a lot. Look at the guys he's been against - Anderson [Silva], a lot of these high-level names. So my action for this fight actually is that I have to finish him. I'm not going to be happy to go out there and get a decision; I want to be the first guy that finishes him by KO."

-- After over four years away from the organization, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title challenger Thales Leites will return to the Octagon this August at UFC 163 in Brazil. However, his opponent Tom Watson is planning on giving him a not-so-welcome return to the world's premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, as "Kong" tells Fighters.com that he wants to be the first man to knock out his Brazilian foe. Leites has shared the cage with the likes of Martin Kampmann, Nate Marquardt and Anderson Silva, but has never been stopped with strikes in his 24-fight career. Watson is determined to make that his goal and come Aug. 3, 2013, he hopes to accomplish something even some of the most talented fighters in the world could not.

For more news and notes on UFC 163: "Aldo vs. Jung," visit our complete event archive here.

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