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Mauricio Rua targeted for tilt with Thiago Silva

It appears former light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua’s next bout will involve a fellow Brazilian, as UFC President Dana White went on Twitter today to start the rumor mill by saying Thiago Silva would serve as Rua’s opponent though stopped short of confirming the event. Both seasoned scrappers are coming off hard-fought decision defeats and should produce a memorable result given their generally aggressive approach to combat.

The 20-6 Rua hasn’t stepped into the Octagon since his five-round classic against Dan Henderson at UFC 139 this past November. However, he was previously linked to a fight with Quinton Jackson indicating he is healthy enough to fight again in the coming months, and now seems to have gotten his adversary in the form of Silva. Some of his past wins include those over Jackson, Alistair Overeem, Forrest Griffin, and Lyoto Machida.

Silva hasn’t enjoyed the same level of success as “Shogun” but is an apt adversary all the same, racking up a record of 14-3 in his career with stoppages of Houston Alexander and Keith Jardine. He was last seen going the distance against rising star Alexander Gustafsson earlier this month in the main event at UFC on Fuel 2 after more than a year away from competition due to a drug-related suspension.

With the announcement that Jose Aldo’s title-defense against Erik Koch will indeed take place at UFC 149 a likely landing spot for Silva-Rua could be UFC 147 given the June 23 event’s attachment to Brazil and need for a solid bout alongside Wanderlei Silva-Vitor Belfort.


  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Seems like a step back for Shogun. Silva just lost in a fairly flat performance on a big free card and even in defeat Rua showed a ton of heart in a razor thin decision loss to the now number one contender in his division.

    Personally think Rua should have fought Gustafson. They hyped the shit out of him on the last card on FUEL and he needs to really step up his level of competition if UFC expects anyone to have interest in a possible future title shot for him.

    If Gustafson can get by Rua who is still a tough fight for anyone not named Bones Jones then maybe he will have shown he is ready for the upper part of the division.

    As for Silva maybe a rematch with Rashad, neither guy showed a lot in their last fight and both men are trying to stay relevant in the division.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Rua is a step up??? How bout a few floors up. The Sweed is not up for that yet.

  • fitfreak says:

    Looks like Silva is still being punished.


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