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Dean Lister “The Boogeyman”

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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:

  • 1st Place ADCC World Championship (2003* / 2011)
  • 1st Place ADCC North American Trials (2002)

Favorite Position/Submission: Guard and Footlocks

Weight Division: N/A

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 extracurricular 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 winning two national titles.

Dean Lister found jiu-jitsu shortly after he finished high school, he was very interested in the sport due to its 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 in 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 for 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 stroke of luck, he was called the following day to fight in the open weight due to an injury of one of the fighters that were 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

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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
RNC
5
1
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
5
1
#d1212a
Kimura
5
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
5
1
#f58822
Triangle
5
1
#224aba
Footlock
5
1
#ff9124
Toe hold
5
1
#bf1f6c
Violin armlock
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
542Ricardo AlmeidaRicardo AlmeidaLPts: 3x0ADCC99KG4F2001
627David TerrellDavid TerrellLPts: 2x0Gracie OpenABSSPF2002
726Ricardo AlmeidaRicardo AlmeidaLPointsGrapplers QuestABS4F2002
802Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroLPts: 8x0ADCC99KG4F2003
2272Glover TeixeiraLPointsADCC99KG4F2009
2291Vinny MagalhaesVinny MagalhaesLPointsADCCABSR12009
4147Alexandre RibeiroAlexandre RibeiroD---MetamorisABSSPF2012
5023Joao AssisJoao AssisLPts: 5x0ADCC99KGF2013
5050Marcus AlmeidaMarcus AlmeidaLPts: 5x0ADCCABSSF2013
5051Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPointsADCCABS3PLC2013
5845Josh BarnetLChokeMetamoris 4100KG+SPF2014
6364Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLInverted trianglePolarisABSSPF2015
7871Orlando SanchezOrlando SanchezLReferee DecisionADCCO99KG4F2015
7962Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLPts: 5x3ADCCABS4F2015
8511Muhammad KerimovLPressure/InjuryBerkut 2ABSSPF2015
10261Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 886KGSPF2016
536M. YanoWRNCADCC99KGR12001
730Rodolfo AmaroWPointsGrapplers QuestO91KGSF2002
731Justin EllisonWPointsGrapplers QuestO91KGF2002
798Ilir LafitiWGuillotineADCC99KGR12003
818Nate MarquardtWKimuraADCCABSR12003
821Saulo RibeiroSaulo RibeiroWKneebarADCCABS4F2003
824Marcio CruzMarcio CruzWPts: 3x0ADCCABSSF2003
825A. CacarecoWHeel hookADCCABSF2003
1158JJ MachadoJJ MachadoWPointsADCCABSSPF2005
2268Andreas OlsenWTriangleADCC99KGR12009
3246Augusto FerrariAugusto FerrariWPts: 2x0ADCC99KGR12011
3270Radek TurekRadek TurekWFootlockADCC99KG4F2011
3281Rodolfo VieiraRodolfo VieiraWHeel hookADCC99KGSF2011
3293Joao AssisJoao AssisWHeel hookADCC99KGF2011
4186Ricardo AbreuRicardo AbreuWHeel hookGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4187Kyle GriffinWToe holdGrapplers QuestABSNA2012
4365Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWHeel hookWorld ExpoABSSPF2013
4457Janne-PekkaWReferee DecisionMacao BrancoABSSPF2013
5009Jia JangWHeel HookADCC99KGR12013
5019Ezra LenonWHeel HookADCC99KG4F2013
5020Cristiano LazzariniCristiano LazzariniWHeel HookADCC99KGSF2013
5041Hideki SekineWHeel HookADCCABSR12013
5047Joao RochaJoao RochaWHeel HookADCCABS4F2013
5265Renato SobralD---Metamoris 3ABSSPF2014
7863Lee HyoungWViolin armlockADCCO99KGR12015
7954Ricardo MesquitaWHeel hookADCCABSR12015

Dean Lister vs Nate Marquardt ADCC 2003

 

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