Anderson Silva’s next fight has been determined and it will be a defense of his UFC middleweight title against Thales Leites at UFC 97 on April 18 in Montreal, Canada.
The news comes courtesy of a report by MMA Weekly, which has indicated that both fighters have signed bout agreements for the fight.
Leites has gone undefeated since losing his UFC debut to Martin Kampmann in November of 2006 during the live finale for the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter. The Nova Uniao fighter is 14-1 overall in his pro MMA career with notable victories over Gustavo Machado, Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons, Pete Sell, and Nathan Marquardt.
The 27-year old’s most recent victory took place in October at UFC 90, where he submitted Drew McFedries with a rear naked choke at 1:18 of round 1.
Silva also competed on the same card, where he successfully defended his title against Patrick Cote after Cote’s knee buckled at 0:39 of round three, forcing referee Herb Dean to declare Silva winner via TKO due to injury. The win over Cote improved Silva’s lifetime record inside of the Octagon to 8-0 and his overall record to 23-4.
As of now, no other additional fights have been announced for UFC 97, however, UFC President Dana White stated during a Q&A session earlier this month prior to “UFC Fight for the Troops” that the long-awaited grudge match between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra is expected to take place in April.