Dean Richard Lister (born February 13, 1976) is a retired American mixed martial artist. A professional from 2000 until 2015, he fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, and California-based promotion King of the Cage, where he rose to prominence as a Middleweight Champion. Lister's sparring partner and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Tito Ortiz, invited him to be his assistant grappling coach on the third season of the Spike TV reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
|Born||February 13, 1976|
San Diego, California, U.S.
|Other names||The Boogeyman, The Machine, Mr. Fister|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
|Reach||75 in (191 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Catch wrestling, Sambo, Submission Wrestling.|
|Team||Fabio Santos Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (until 2003)|
|Rank||4th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jeffrey Higgs|
|Years active||2000-2009; 2012, 2015|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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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, where he attended Hilltop High School
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 Lister 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, 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.
From 1997-2003, Lister worked as an instructor for Santos. Lister teaches both beginner and advanced students at Victory MMA in San Diego. The classes typically begin with Dean teaching submission grappling techniques from various grappling arts he's accumulated during the years, followed by sparring.
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 high school division wrestling champion, two-time U.S. National Sambo champion, four-time U.S. Machado National Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Champion (weight class and open classes), and a National Gracie Jiu Jitsu champion. He also holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, given to him by Jeffrey Higgs, who holds a black belt under Fábio Santos.
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.
Dean Lister and Renato Sobral fought to a draw at Metamoris 3 a submission-only jiu-jitsu match.
Lister won the 2003 ADCC Absolute World championship and was the 2005 Superfight champion, defeating Jean Jacques Machado. He claimed the 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. At the 2013 ADCC in Beijing, China, Lister defeated Cristiano Lazzarini in the semi-finals of the under 99 kg division by heel hook but would go on to lose on points in the finals to João Assis; In the absolute division Lister submitted both Hideki Sekine and João Gabriel Rocha by heel hook before losing to Marcus Almeida in the semi-finals. Lister also lost to Keenan Cornelius in the bronze medal match both on points.
In 2022, Lister earned the honor of being part of the inaugural class of the ADCC Hall of Fame and was the first American to be included.
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||13 wins||7 losses|
|Win||13–7||Michael Knaap||Submission (heel hook)||Fightor 1||January 17, 2015||1||N/A||Charleroi, Belgium|
|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)||KOTC 31: King of the Cage 31||December 6, 2003||4||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States||For the 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 the 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 the 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 the 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|
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||24 wins||13 losses|
|Loss||Muhammad Kerimov||Submission (shoulder injury during an Ezekiel choke)||ACBJJ||Superfight||2015|
|Loss||Yuri Simoes||Points (3-5)||ADCC 2015||Absolute||2015|
|Win||Ricardo Mesquita||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2015||Absolute||2015|
|Loss||Orlando Sánchez||Referee Decision||ADCC 2015||+99||2015|
|Win||Hyung Chul-Lee||Submission (armlock)||ADCC 2015||+99||2015|
|Loss||Keenan Cornelius||Submission (reverse triangle choke)||Polaris Professional Jiu Jitsu Invitational||Superfight||2015|
|Loss||Josh Barnett||Submission (scarf-hold choke)||Metamoris IV||Superfight||2014|
|Draw||Renato Sobral||Draw||Metamoris III||Superfight||2014|
|Win||Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen||Referee Decision||Macaco Branco Primates||Superfight||2014|
|Win||Tarsis Humphreys||Submission (heel hook)||World Jiu-Jitsu Expo||Superfight||2013|
|Loss||Keenan Cornelius||Points||ADCC 2013||Absolute||2013|
|Loss||Marcus Almeida||Points||ADCC 2013||Absolute||2013|
|Win||João Gabriel Rocha||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2013||Absolute||2013|
|Win||Hideki Sekine||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2013||Absolute||2013|
|Loss||João Assis||Points||ADCC 2013||-99 kg||2013|
|Win||Cristiano Lazzarini||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2013||-99 kg||2013|
|Win||Ezra Lenon||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2013||-99 kg||2013|
|Win||Jia Jing Jang||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2013||-99 kg||2013|
|Loss||João Assis||Referee Decision||Grapplers Quest: UFC Fan Expo||Absolute||2013|
|Win||Kyle Griffin||Submission (toe hold)||Grapplers Quest: UFC Fan Expo||Absolute||2013|
|Draw||Alexandre Ribeiro||Draw||Metamoris I||Superfight||2012|
|Win||Ricardo Abreu||Submission (heel hook)||Grapplers Quest: UFC Fan Expo||Superfight||2012|
|Win||João Assis||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2011||-99 kg||2011|
|Win||Rodolfo Vieira||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2011||-99 kg||2011|
|Win||Radek Turek||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2011||-99 kg||2011|
|Win||Augusto Ferrari||Points||ADCC 2011||-99 kg||2011|
|Loss||Vinny Magalhães||Points||ADCC 2009||Absolute||2009|
|Loss||Glover Teixeira||Points||ADCC 2009||-99 kg||2009|
|Win||Andreas Olsen||Submission (triangle choke)||ADCC 2009||-99 kg||2009|
|Win||Jean Jacques Machado||Points||ADCC 2005||Superfight||2005|
|Win||Alexandre Ferreira||Submission (heel hook)||ADCC 2003||Absolute||2003|
|Win||Márcio Cruz||Points (3-0)||ADCC 2003||Absolute||2003|
|Win||Saulo Ribeiro||Submission (kneebar)||ADCC 2003||Absolute||2003|
|Win||Nate Marquardt||Submission (kimura)||ADCC 2003||Absolute||2003|
|Loss||Alexandre Ribeiro||Points||ADCC 2003||-99 kg||2003|
|Win||Ilir Latifi||Submission (guillotine choke)||ADCC 2003||-99 kg||2003|
|Loss||Marc Laimon||Points (2-4)||Grapplers Quest West||Absolute||2000|
|Win||Tony DeSouza||Points (4-2)||Grapplers Quest West||Absolute||2000|
|Win||Sean Sprangler||Submission (neck crank)||Grapplers Quest West||Absolute||2000|
ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
ADCC 2013 –99 kg: 2nd Place
ADCC 2011 –99 kg: 1st Place
ADCC 2005 Superfight championship: Defeated Jean Jacques Machado.
ADCC 2003 –98 kg: Absolute/Open weight: 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)
- Lost: Xande Ribeiro (pts), Ricardo Almeida (pts), Vinny Magalhaes (pts)
- Draw: Xande Ribeiro (Metamoris Pro 2012)
High school division wrestling champion.
Two-time national (US) sambo champion.
Four-time Machado National (US) BJJ champion.
National (US) Gracie BJJ champion.
Three-time ADCC submission wrestling World champion
- "Fight Finder: Dean Lister". Sherdog. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
- UFC. "Dean Lister profile". Archived from the original on 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- "Jocko Podcast 137 w/ Dean Lister: If You Know the Way Broadly, You Will See It in All Things". YouTube.
- 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
- "Metamoris 3: Bravo vs. Gracie Results". mmanuts.com. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
- "Dean Lister Becomes First American in ADCC Hall of Fame". 4 January 2022.
- 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.
- BjjTribes (2021-04-20). "BJJ legend Dean Lister hospitalized with ruptured spleen after hit and run". BjjTribes. Retrieved 2021-04-20.