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Thiago Silva To Face Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (Update: Likely UFC 149)

UFC president Dana White has been an extremely busy – and generous – person to those in the MMA media on Sunday. Along with confirming Hector Lombard-Brian Stann, White also revealed the next opponent for former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

It appears Thiago Silva will be the man to challenge Rua, according to White’s Twitter account.

Rua and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson were scheduled to face each other in a rematch from the days of Pride, but Jackson decided to have double-knee surgery. His return is unknown at this time, so Rua (20-6) signed on for another fight.

Silva (14-3) was defeated by Alexander Gustafsson in his first fight back since a year-long suspension due to a failed drug test.

An exact date and location are unknown for the fight, thought it is likely to take place later this summer.

Photo credit: Esther Lin/MMA Fighting

Update: MMA Junkie is reporting that Shogun-Silva will likely go down at UFC 149.

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    Damn that’s a badass matchup,I can’t see thiago beating shogun unless the shogun that showed up against fittest the first time is in the cage with him

    • dogge88

      I think Thiago will KO Shogun.

      • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

        I hope so,shogun is just a scary dude when he’s in shape and injury free

        • Ed Lib

          Exactly… Shogun has been facing too many injuries, nevertheless he keeps accepting every fighter they put in front of him… if he’s near his best shape then, that’ll be on more bad loss for silva.

  • Jonny

    Silva will not make it out of the first round, unless we see the old Rua come to fight.

  • StinkEye

    Silva’s got nothing for Shogun. 

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    I’m not counting silva out because he’s one of my favorite fighters but if the shogun who fought hendo shows up he’s in trouble

    • JDemon

      why do you think the shogun who fought hendo sucked.  i hate it when a guy loses and people dont give his opponent any credit. 

      • JDemon

        nevermind i read the comment wrong

  • Ben Rage

    I love that picture of Shogun smashing Forrest. 

  • Miranduh

    It’s kind of unusual that Silva is getting arguably an even tougher matchup than the one he just had. I was thinking he would get Phil Davis or that match with Nogueira.

  • Blakegutierrez72

    thats what I was thinkin shogun needs this win as much as silva. dont count silva out but i see shogun winning either second round sub or decision dependin on if its a 5 or 3 round fight which i doubt it will be a main event

    • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

      Good call,honestly I’d rather this fight be a 3 rounder co main event or something like that,because both fighters are known for not having the best cardio,I think with the possibility that it has for being such an exciting fight a three rnd war would be better than a 5 rnd slop fest

  • Ed Lib

    Yes, he is. But the UFC has been giving him no rest, it seems. Cause facing Alex and then Shogun after… tough job for him. 

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