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Dean Lister, also known as “The Boogeyman”, is a professional grappler who is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Jeffrey Higgs who gained notoriety within the BJJ world after he won the 2003 ADCC (the world’s most prestigious submission wrestling/Nogi event) in the open weight division. Dean Lister also has a background in wrestling and experience in Sambo and ventured through MMA competing in important organizations such as Pride FC and UFC.

Dean Lister Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Dean Richard Lister

Nickname: The Boogeyman started in his early MMA days fighting for KOTC (King of the Cage organization). As one of his opponents injured himself before the fight, Lister was left with no opponent, and due him being a big name in the grappling circuit it was extremely hard to find a replacement, people did not want to fight him. Because of these he started being called the Boogeyman.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos GracieHelio GracieRickson Gracie > Fabio Santos > Jeffrey Higgs > Dean Lister

Main Achievements (BJJ):

  • ADCC Champion (2003, 2011)
  • ADCC Superfight Champion (2005)
  • ADCC Open Weight Champion (2003)
  • ADCC North American Qualifiers (2002)
  • 4x National Machado jiu-jitsu Champion

Weight Division: Pesado (94kg/207lbs) or Meio Pesado (88kg/194lbs)

Favourite Position/Submission: Guard and Footlocks

Team/Association: n/a

Deal Lister Biography

Dean Lister was born on the 13th of February 1976 in San Diego, California but spent most of his Childhood in Panama and Venezuela with his family who belonged to the military and was stationed in these countries. Being constantly the “new kid” in school, he was often in fights and had a rough time growing up due to bullying.

When he was 10 years old, Dean Lister read about Jiu Jitsu for the first time, through an article in a magazine, but it wouldn’t be until years later that he would have his first BJJ class. When Dean returned to the United States to start high school, he decided to take on wrestling as an extra curricular activity. His coach, Jerry Matsumoto was also versed in submissions especially leg locks as he had some sambo experience. Dean Lister learned both Wrestling and some basic sambo techniques in which he became very savvy. Dean ended up testing himself in Sambo and had great success in the sport within the United States wining two national titles.

Dean Lister found jiu jitsu shortly after he finished high school, he was very interested in the sport due to it’s success in mixed martial arts and decided to join Fabio Santos‘ gym. These were tough times in Dean Lister’s life as he had just joined College and was pretty much on his own, being a full time worker, paying for his school tuition, rent and jiu jitsu. Dean Lister stated on an interview to the “On The Mat” website that his diet at the time consisted of: “bread, milk, cereal and top ramen(…)”

Dean Lister spent 8 years training with the gi, competing and winning tournaments for his instructor Fabio Santos, but he ended up splitting from Santos before receiving his black belt. There is a lot of speculation regarding how Lister got his black belt, but the main story circling in the BJJ forums is that Dean always had the idea of one day becoming an MMA fighter, he saw Jiu Jitsu as a way to progress towards that, though his master Fabio Santos completely disagreed and did not want him to proceed through that route, they disagreed so much that Dean left the gym. One of Lister’s training partners at the academy, Jeffrey Higgs (who is a black belt under Fabio Santos) decided to award Lister his black belt, Santos was against this decision and expelled Higgs from the academy. Lister ended up proving he belonged amongst the black belt elite winning the ADCC in the open weight division that year.

Dean had tried his luck in Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) in 2000 and won his first match, losing the second to Ricardo Almeida. Lister ended up competing the American trials again two years later, being advised to do so by “Kid Peligro”. He won the trials, and proceeded to the finals, again losing in his second fight (this time to Xande Ribeiro). By a strike of luck he was re-called the following day to fight in the open weight due to an injury of one of the fighters that was due to fight. Surprisingly for most people in the audience Lister ended up winning the tournament submitting 3 of his 4 opponents.

His MMA career flourished after the exposure given by ADCC. Dean Lister went on to fight in the world’s biggest organizations, Pride FC and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He also became an important coach, with experience training professional MMA fighters like Tito Ortiz. Dean was on the Ultimate Fighter series 7 (TUF7) as a grappling coach for team Ortiz.

Photo Credit: Kuba Manto

Dean Lister Grappling Record

25 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    5 (20%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (76%)
  • BY DECISION
    1 (4%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Heel hook
58
11
#86e620
Toe hold
5
1
#5AD3D1
Straight armlock
5
1
#d1212a
RNC
5
1
#fad11b
Guillotine
5
1
#f58822
Kimura
5
1
#224aba
Kneebar
5
1
#ff9124
Triangle
5
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
15 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    10 (67%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    3 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

3 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Choke
33
1
#86e620
Inverted triangle
33
1
#5AD3D1
Pressure/Injury
33
1
3
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Dean Lister Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
531Ricardo AlmeidaRicardo AlmeidaLPts: 3x0ADCC99KG1/4F2001
615David TerrellDavid TerrellLPts: 2x0Gracie OpenABSSPF2002
714Ricardo AlmeidaRicardo AlmeidaLPointsGrapplers QuestABS1/4F2002
790Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 8x0ADCC99KG1/4F2003
2216Glover TeixeiraLPointsADCC99KG1/4F2009
2235Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPointsADCCABSR12009
3997Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroDN/AMetamorisABSSPF2012
4801Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 5x0ADCC99KGF2013
4828Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
4829Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsADCCABS3PLC2013
5572Josh BarnetLChokeMetamoris 4100KG+SPF2014
6017Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLInverted trianglePolarisABSSPF2015
7430Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLReferee DecisionADCCO99KG1/4F2015
7521Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 5x3ADCCABS1/4F2015
8032Muhammad KerimovLPressure/InjuryBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
9654Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 886KGSPF2016
525M. YanoWRNCADCC99KGR12001
718Rodolfo AmaroWPointsGrapplers QuestO91KGSF2002
719Justin EllisonWPointsGrapplers QuestO91KGF2002
786Ilir LafitiWGuillotineADCC99KGR12003
806Nate MarquardtWKimuraADCCABSR12003
809Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWKneebarADCCABS1/4F2003
812Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 3x0ADCCABSSF2003
813A. CacarecoWHeel hookADCCABSF2003
1131JJ MachadoJJ MachadoWPointsADCCABSSPF2005
2212Andreas OlsenWTriangleADCC99KGR12009
3114Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 2x0ADCC99KGR12011
3138Radek TurekWFootlockADCC99KG1/4F2011
3149Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWHeel hookADCC99KGSF2011
3161Joao AssisJoao AssisWHeel hookADCC99KGF2011
4035Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWHeel hookGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4036Kyle GriffinWToe holdGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4181Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWHeel hookWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4253Janne-PekkaWReferee DecisionMacao BrancoABSSPF2013
4787Jia JangWHeel HookADCC99KGR12013
4797Ezra LenonWHeel HookADCC99KG1/4F2013
4798Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWHeel HookADCC99KGSF2013
4819Hideki SekineWHeel HookADCCABSR12013
4825Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCABS1/4F2013
5012Renato SobralD---Metamoris 3ABSSPF2014
7422Lee HyoungWStraight armlockADCCO99KGR12015
7513Ricardo MesquitaWHeel hookADCCABSR12015

Dean Lister vs Nate Marquardt ADCC 2003

 

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