Whether its mandated matchmaking brought on by available adversaries, punishment for past transgressions, or a little bit of both, it seems Thiago Silva has his work cut out for him in terms of maintaining his spot on the UFC roster. After more than a year away for a suspension, the 29-year old Brazilian was inserted into a bout against surging star Alexander Gustafsson on short notice in the Swede’s hometown and came out the loser in a gutsy three-round tilt. Now it appears he’ll be facing former light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua in his next outing.
A fight between Rua-Silva was confirmed on Sunday afternoon by UFC President Dana White via Twitter though no specific date/location was attached to the scrap.
Silva holds an overall record of 14-3 with two of the three stumbles coming against former title-holders Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. He has only been finished a single time in his career (Machida) while dishing out thirteen stoppages of his own including those against Houston Alexander and Keith Jardine.
Meanwhile, Rua’s mark on MMA is well-documented given his success in PRIDE with wins over Alistair Overeem and Quinton Jackson. “Shogun” has looked fairly sharp inside the Octagon as well, adding victories against Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Machida to his portfolio under the promotion’s banner.
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