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.

A Round-by-Round Look at Silva's Loss to Gustafsson

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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