Life isn’t going to get any easier for Thiago
In response to a fan question on Twitter, UFC President Dana White
revealed Sunday that Silva will square off with former light
heavyweight champion Mauricio
Rua. While White did not say when the bout will take place,
MMAJunkie.com reports that the
matchup has been targeted for UFC 149
on July 21 in Calgary, Alberta.
Rua, 30, last appeared at
UFC 139, where he lost a five-round decision to Dan
Henderson in a “Fight of the Year” candidate this past
November. “Shogun” captured the 205-pound strap with a knockout
victory against Lyoto
Machida in May 2010 but lost the belt to Jon Jones in
his next outing. The Curitiba, Brazil, native also owns victories
Liddell and Forrest
Griffin during his Octagon tenure.
After more than a year absence from the cage, Silva had a rough
return to action against Alexander Gustaffson on April 14, falling
to the lanky Swede via unanimous decision at the
UFC on Fuel TV 2 in Stockholm. Silva’s last UFC triumph came in
August 2009, when he defeated Keith
Jardine via first-round technical knockout.
UFC 149 takes place at Scotiabank Saddledome and marks the
promotion’s first visit to Calgary. The event is expected to be
headlined by the recently announced featherweight title tilt
between reigning champion Jose Aldo and
challenger Erik Koch.