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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Thiago Silva Likely for UFC 149; Aldo vs. Koch Slated for Main Event


(Rua slugs Dan Henderson during their epic bout in November. / Photo courtesy of Heavy)

A matchup between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Thiago Silva is likely for July 21st’s UFC 149 event in Calgary, according to a new report on MMA Junkie. UFC president Dana White tweeted yesterday that the two light-heavyweight strikers would face one another, but didn’t confirm the date or venue.

Silva is coming off of a one-year suspension and a decision loss to Alexander Gustafsson. Winless since his 2009 knockout of Keith Jardine, Silva’s contract may very well be on the line here. Shogun’s last bout, a five-round war/decision loss to Dan Henderson, was widely considered to be the greatest fight in MMA history until this past weekend.

According to multiple sources including MMAFighting and O Globo, the 7/21 event will be headlined by the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Eric Koch. That matchup was previously tied to UFC 147 in Brazil, which will now reportedly take place in an 18,000-seat venue in Belo Horizonte.

So, Shogun vs. Silva and Aldo vs. Koch in the Great White North. Who takes ‘em and how, nation?

- Elias Cepeda

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ArmFarmer- April 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm
Why call for either's retirement or firing? I love seeing these guys fight. Shogun can still hang at the top, he showed that with his 1st round ko's of machida and forrest, as well as in his war with Henderson. Hell if Henderson manages to ko jones, shogun could even have a chance at the belt. Thiago, I just hate the guy so I love watching to see if he'll get ko'd, and he puts on great fights.
Ogre- April 30, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Did you guys delete my comment then make my correction?
The12ozCurls- April 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm
I'd rather see Gustafsson VS Shogun. It is not like Shogun lost any "cred" with the Hendo loss and since the UFC seems hell bent on comparing The Mauler to Bones, let's see if Gustafsson can replicate what Bones did to Shogun. Just sayin'
Fletch the V Stretch- May 1, 2012 at 6:26 am
Agree completely. I am surprised they are giving Silva such a high named opponent after a loss. I guess technically they are both coming off a loss but still. Cheers, your favorite racist. :)
UFCFightBlogger- April 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Should be a good fight for both Shogun and Silva. Both really need wins. Shogun has not looked good in his last three fights even though he beat Forrest. His knees look shot, he doesn't have the movement he used to. Silva is going to press Shogun since Shogun does not have good cardio. If Shogun loses this one, he might be done.

Check out this article about Shogun http://www.ufcfightblogger.com/rumors/rumor-shogun-rua-fight-rio-brazil-ufc-147/
Teehee McPeepee- April 30, 2012 at 1:09 pm
Can Shogun and Silva both retiring regardless of the outcome be an option? I vote for that.
Goat- April 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm
Shogun.
Aldo.
Chocolate.
Mac.
Done.
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