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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.

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