Welterweights Erick Silva, Jay Hieron Booked for Super Bowl Weekend at UFC 156
Brazilian prospect Erick Silva
and former International Fight League champion Jay Hieron
will square off at UFC
, promotion officials announced Wednesday.
The bout joins a stout fight card topped by a featherweight title
tilt pitting reigning champion Jose Aldo
against former lightweight pacesetter Frankie
Edgar. The Feb. 2 event takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events
Center in Las Vegas and will also see ex-Strikeforce heavyweight
Overeem collide with onetime EliteXC belt holder Antonio
Jungle Fight’s inaugural welterweight champion, Silva, 28, rode a
serious wave of momentum into his most recent in-cage appearance,
with a controversial disqualification loss to veteran Carlo Prater
serving as the only blemish on his record in his previous six
fights. Former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch would
squash that momentum, however, as the American Kickboxing Academy
ace gutted out a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over
“Indio” last month at UFC 153.
Eight years older than his upcoming opponent, Hieron saw a 10-fight
winning streak snapped when he dropped a split verdict to Ben Askren in
a failed Bellator title bid last year. After negotiating his
Bellator release and picking up a victory in the Texas-based Legacy
Fighting Championship, “The Thoroughbred” returned to the Octagon
on Oct. 5, falling by unanimous decision to former IFL rival
Ellenberger at UFC on FX 5.
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After a high-profile arrest -- and release from UFC -- Thiago Silva returns to mixed martial arts (MMA) in "The Sunshine State."
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight Thiago Silva is not only out of jail, he's back in the fight game, inking a new deal with Fight Time Promotions that puts him inside the cage at Fight Time 20 on Aug. 29, 2014, inside War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Fight Time announced the deal earlier today (via Sherdog).
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Former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz has signed a contract extension with the UFC and will return from his self-imposed exile. UFC.com reported the news on Thursday.
Additionally, a solid source told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani that if all goes well, Diaz's return bout would be against former longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who would also be making his return after a prolonged absence.
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"The Spider" has no desire to complete a trilogy against the UFC middleweight champion but would accept a fight with Nick Diaz.
Anderson Silva still doesn't know how long is going it take for him step on the octagon again but the former UFC middleweight champion told Brazilian media that he is open to the possible fight between him and Nick Diaz. However, "The Spider" doesn't feel that he and Chris Weidman should fight each other one more time, as the current UFC 185-pound champion is 2-0 in the more
Anderson Silva will return to the Octagon in 2015, and he welcomes the idea of fighting Nick Diaz.
In a recent media scrum in Rio de Janeiro, Silva confirmed he won’t compete this year since he’s "not feeling safe to return (in 2014)," and a fight with Diaz, a former welterweight title contender who is currently retired, would be interesting.
"Well, if everybody is saying that it would be an interesting fight, what am I going to say?" Silva said. "It could be an interesting fight."
Silva sparred more
Howard Davis' Fight Time Promotions in Florida has picked up former UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva.
The next chapter in Thiago Silva's MMA career is set to be in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Yesterday, Fight Time Promotions announced that they've signed the ex-UFC fighter for a late August card. In the below photo, you can see Silva signing his contract alongside CEO and co-founder Howard Davis Jr. Fight Time Promotions also put out this official press release regarding their latest acquisition: more
Thiago Silva has found a landing spot for his post-UFC career, and it's a familiar one for the Brazilian.
According to a press release from Fight Time Promotions, Silva will compete on the promotion's Aug. 29 card. The promotion is run by Howard Davis Jr., Silva's old boxing coach while the two were at American Top Team.
"I'm gonna put on a good fight and the audience will be very pleased as I'm looking to knock my opponent out," Silva said. "I'm very happy to be fighting for my former coach."
Thiago Silva, the former light heavyweight contender who was arrested on felony charges and subsequently released from the UFC in early-February, has been scheduled to return to the cage on August 29, 2014 at Fight Time 20, in what will be Silva's first fight since his dramatic showdown with Florida police.
Silva (16-3, 2 NC) is currently awaiting trial on several charges of aggravated assault and battery, sending threatening texts, and resisting arrest without violence.
The 31-year-old was arre more
UFC veteran Thiago Silva now has a date for his return to the cage. more