Nickname: The Boogeyman
Born in 1976
Home: California – USA
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Sambo
Team: Fabio Santos
Division: under 98.9 Kg
ADCC 2005 Superfight champion (defeated Jean Jacques Machado)
ADCC 2003 under 98.9 Kg: quarter-finalist
ADCC 2003 Absolute Champion
ADCC 2002 North American Trials Champion
Two time USA sambo champion
Four time Machado USA BJJ champion
USA Gracie BJJ champion
MMA record: 11 – 6 – 0 (82% of victories by submission)
Dean Lister grew up in a military family and lived in such places as Venezuela and Panamá, as well as several areas in the United States before his family settled in San Diego for Dean’s high school years. The Boogeyman was a high school division wrestling champion and shortly after high school, he became interested in brazilian jiu-jitsu. Lister was already U.S. National Sambo Champion at this time. He took an introductory class with some wrestling team mates at Fabio Santos Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in San Diego. Dean was already familiar with the concept of groundwork but he found a new challenge in Jiu Jitsu, a unique sport that includes self-defense moves and strikes.
It is the depth of this sport that keeps Dean’s dedication and commitment to his training at an optimum level. He believes that practicing this sport reveals the true character of each participant by showing courage, patience, honesty, discipline, innovation, and integrity. Lister also loves the challenge involved in practicing a sport that is constantly evolving. He is known for unstoppable foot-locks and is always working to modify and refine existing moves and create new moves that will benefit him in competition and that will enhance the effectiveness of brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Dean Lister has competed in brazilian jiu-jitsu since 1996, starting just six months after he began training. He quickly made a name for himself in the sport and since them has earned a respectable reputation as a fierce competitor.
In the mixed martial arts event King of the Cage, The Boogeyman was ranked as the number one middleweight and defended his Middleweight World Champion title several times. This year he can be seen coaching in this season of “The Ultimate Fighter”.
Just like now, Dean was an Abu Dhabi invitee in 2000. A huge honor considering that the host of this contest, the prince of Abu Dhabi, selects only the top 16 fighters of each weight class from Olympic wrestlers, world-level sambo fighters, and world-level brazilian jiu-jitsu fighters to compete. Lister returned to the Abu-Dhabi tournament in 2003 where he defeated four of the best grappler’s in the world consecutively (3 by submission) to set a tournament record and become the Absolute Champion. Two years later, The Bogeyman became the 2005 Abu Dhabi Superfight Champion. He was quoted as saying that Fedor Emelianenko would be a great challenge and that he would jump at the opportunity to face him.
Dean Lister plans on being involved in brazilian jiu-jitsu as long as possible, as both a competitor and as an instructor. He hopes that this involvement will oblige him to travel the world.