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Dean Lister

Dean Richard "Boogeyman" Lister (February 13, 1976 in San Diego, California ) is an American mixed martial arts fighter and a former KOTC champion. He currently fights at the Middleweight division after recently moving down from the Light Heavyweight class. Dean was also an assistant coach on the third season of a popular Spike TV show, The Ultimate Fighter.


Dean Lister grew up in a military family and lived in several South American countries including Venezuela and Panama. Dean speaks several languages. He lived in Panama during the U.S. invasion in 1989, and, according to Dean, 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 Dean's high school years.

Martial arts background

Lister often fought as a kid, mostly due to a combination of being the "new kid", a foreigner, and being small for his age. The need to protect himself led Dean to wrestling and martial arts.

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, Dean 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, Dean has been working as an instructor for Santos. Lister teaches both beginner and advanced students at The Boxing Club in San Diego. The classes typically begin with Dean teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques, followed by Jiu Jitsu sparring.

In 2000, Dean Lister traveled to Brazil to train at the Top Team Academy for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro.

Dean 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 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).

The Ultimate Fighter

In 2006, Dean's sparring partner and the former light heavyweight UFC champion Tito Ortiz invited Dean to be his assistant grappling coach on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter. The show exposed Dean to a large TV audience, and, in combination with multiple praises from the fighters on the show, increased his popularity.


Dean 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.

Dean was invited three times (2000, 2003, and 2005) to the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) championship, a prestigious grappling tournament consisting only of 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.

It is worth noting that one of Lister's MMA losses is against Nathan Marquardt whom Lister submitted in the 2003 ADCC tournament.

Dean Lister was a King of the Cage middleweight champion, and defended his title several times before eventually losing it to Jeremy Horn via decision.

Dean’s overall record includes 11 wins and 5 losses, with over 9 of these wins coming by submission. Dean Lister has never been knocked out or submitted in an MMA competition. 9 of his victories have come by submission.

UFC 79 on December 29, 2007: Lister wins by unanimous decision of 30-27. This bout was not aired on the broadcast.

Dean avenged his loss in the TUF 7 finale by submitting MMA veteran Jeremy Horn by guillotine choke. He is due to fight Japan's Yushin Okami at UFC 92 on December 27th, 2008.

Personal life

Dean was once married, but is now divorced.

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Win 11-5 Jeremy Horn Submission (Guillotine Choke) Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale 1 3:53 Nevada, United States
Win 10-5 Jordan Radev Decision (Unanimous) UFC 79 - Nemesis 3 5:00 Nevada, United States
Loss 9-5 Nathan Marquardt Decision (Split) UFC - Fight Night 8 3 5:00 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, FL
Win 9-4 Yuki Sasaki Decision (Unanimous) UFC - Fight Night 6 3 5:00 Nevada, United States
Win 8-4 Alessio Sakara Submission (Triangle Choke) UFC 60 - Hughes vs. Gracie 1 2:20 California, United States
Loss 7-4 Ricardo Arona Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE - Total Elimination 2005 3 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 7-3 Akira Shoji Submission (Triangle Choke) PRIDE - Bushido 6 1 3:13 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 6-3 Amar Suloev Decision (Split) PRIDE - Bushido 4 2 5:00 Nagoya, Japan
Loss 6-2 Jeremy Horn Decision (Majority) KOTC 31 - King of the Cage 31 4 5:00 California, United States
Win 6-1 James Lee Submission (Armbar) KOTC 29 - Renegades 1 California, United States
Win 5-1 Brian Sleeman Submission (Omoplata) KOTC 25 - Flaming Fury 1 1:14 San Jacinto, CA
Win 4-1 Brendan Seguin Submission (Armbar) KOTC 16 - Double Cross 3 4:37 California, United States
Win 3-1 Jacen Flynn Submission (Kimura) KOTC 12 - Cold Blood 2 4:28 California, United States
Win 2-1 Jerry Jenkins Submission (Heel Hook) KOTC 11 - Domination 1 4:24 California, United States
Loss 1-1 Jacen Flynn Decision KOTC 7 - Wet and Wild 3 5:00 California, United States
Win 1-0 John Jensen Submission (Kneebar) KOTC 5 - Cage Wars 1 1:50 California, United States


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