Sometimes stepping up on short notice in the UFC will garner you a reward, even if it’s in a losing fashion. After taking over main event duties for ‘Lil’ Nog’ against Alexander Gustafsson in Sweden recently, Thiago Silva (14-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will have a chance for redemption on the main card against former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (20-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC). The two have verbally agreed to a bout at UFC 149.
The stacked card will take place on July 21 in Calgary, Canada at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Headlining the event will be a featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo (21-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and top contender Erik Koch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
Shogun has not had the best of luck this past year, losing the the title, defeating Griffin, then in a losing effort putting out a “Fight of the Year” performance against Dan Henderson in November of 2011. Rua was recently linked to a fight against former Pride FC foe Rampage Jackson, but with double knee surgeries keeping Jackson out of the cage – he is now faced with a new opponent.
Thiago will look for his first win since returning from suspension, which would also be his first victory in three years as well. Plagued with injuries and being short on money, Thiago made the unwise decision to take a banned substances which caused a suspension of his fight license for one year. His recent comeback fight came against rising star Gustafsson did not end in his favor as he was out-striked by the lengthier fighter on the feet for three rounds.
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