UFC president Dana White said that Thiago Silva has been injured and forced out of a planned bout with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in July at UFC 149.
White, in an interview with MMA Junkie’s John Morgan, said that the UFC reached out to Glover Teixeira to replace Silva, but Rua’s manager turned down the fight.
“With Thiago hurt, we turned to Glover and asked him to go right back in to fight ‘Shogun’ at UFC 149,” White said. “But ‘Shogun’s’ people are adamantly refusing to take the fight. They want nothing to do with Glover.”
Well, Rua’s manager, Julio Heller, told the Brazilian news outlet Tatame that, “I just sent a message to the UFC. I’m waiting for their call. (Turning down Teixeira) it’s not true at all.”
Heller said he was also waiting word from the UFC that Silva is in fact out of the planned fight.
Teixeira (18-2) won his UFC debut last week by defeating Kyle Kingsbury. Rua (20-6) will be returning to action for the first time since a loss to Dan Henderson in 2011.
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