Dean Lister has joined Xtreme Couture and will be making his UFC comeback at UFC 79 on December 29th.Â No opponent has been named for the return bout but he is reportedly looking to be granted a (very, very unlikely) immediate middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva or Rich Franklin.
Lister is a submission specialist holding a 9-5 MMA record. 8 of his 9 wins have come by way of submissions with the lone exception being a decision win at UFC Fight Night 6 last year. After opening his career by winning 6 of 7 bouts Lister has struggled of late going 3-4 in his last 7 fights. In the UFC he defeated Alessio Sakara and Yuki Sasaki but was defeated by Nate Marquardt at UFC Fight Night 8 in his last trip to the octagon. The loss and his mild success in recent fights means the UFC is likely to ease him back into action.
Since his loss to Marquardt in January he has refocused on his standup skills training with Mirko “Cro Cop” according to the report. He will be cornering him in his fight against Cheick Kongo at UFC 75. Following the bout he will be returning to the US to become the head instructor and part owner of Xtreme Couture in San Diego.