(Thiago Silva has been booked to fight “The Silva Hunter.”)
— Scary undefeated Brazilian light-heavyweight Thiago Silva, who was originally slated to face Rashad Evans at UFC 84 in May, will now battle Antonio Mendes in light of Evans being signed to fight Chuck Liddell at UFC 85. Mendes has put together a record of 14-2 fighting in organizations you’ve never heard of, and will be making his UFC debut. He went 9-0 last year, including three wins at a one-night tournament in June where all three fights went the distance, and another two wins in April on consecutive nights in different promotions. Mendes also holds a career record of 3-0 against other guys named Silva, which could be the defining stat of the matchup.
— Speaking of potentially lopsided matchups, Strikeforce announced last night that Gilbert Melendez will be facing some guy named Gabe Lemley at their March 29th EliteXC/Showtime co-promoted card, with a lightweight championship belt on the line. Melendez is coming off his first career loss, having dropped a decision to Mitsuhiro Ishida at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve. Lemley lost four of his first five fights before turning his career around, and now sports a still-shitty 11-6 record. And he’s fighting for a belt. And we think that’s just super.