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Thiago Silva Out, Clifford Starks in vs. Mike Kyle at WSOF 22

Thiago Silva Out, Clifford Starks in vs. Mike Kyle at WSOF 22

MMA World Series of Fighting has lost one of its biggest bouts for this Saturday’s WSOF 22 event in Las Vegas, as Thiago Silva has been denied a license to compete by the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Silva, who lost his WSOF debut back in March, was to face Mike “MAK” Kyle in a light heavyweight bout in Saturday’s show.  He will be replaced by Clifford Starks.

It’s the latest in a series of controversies for the Brazil-born, Florida-based Silva, who was released by the UFC last year due to a domestic violence controversy — as described here at Caged Insider.

Silva had already been suspended by Nevada Athletic Commission officials due to a falsified urine sample he produced after a 2011 bout. He will need to appear before the Commission to argue his case before being re-instated.

“We hope that Thiago will take the steps necessary to be in compliance with the state athletic commission so that he can make a quick return to action,” said WSOF President Ray Sefo in a statement to media this morning. “In the meantime, we appreciate Clifford Starks’ willingness to take the fight against Mike Kyle on just a few days’ notice, and look forward to having him compete for us again after putting on a great show in the WSOF cage in March.”

Clifford Starks is 11-2 as a professional and currently enjoying a three-fight win streak, including a submission victory over Jake Heun at WSOF 19 in March. A former wrestler for Arizona State University, Starks has also competed for the UFC and Bellator.

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