(It’s likely a safe bet that this fight isn’t going to end in a submission.)
A light heavyweight tilt between Thiago Silva and Tim Boetsch has been greenlit for UFC 117 according to Sherdog.com. Although neither fighter has received bout agreements for the fight, both have verbally agreed to face one another at the August 7 show in Oakland, CA.
The owner of a 14-2 record, Silva’s only losses have come against current and former UFC champions. His first blemish came at UFC 94 in the form of a knockout at the heavy hands of Lyoto Machida, who repeated the feat to take the title from Rashad Evans four months later at UFC 98. After knocking out Evans’ Team Jackson teammate, Keith Jardine at UFC 102 Thiago dropped a unanimous decision to Evans at UFC 108.
Boetsch, who compiled a 2-2 record in the Octagon with wins over Michael Patt and David Heath before being dropped by the promotion in 2009, has kept busy since his departure, racking up three straight wins outside of the UFC. You might remember him as the fighter Matt Hammill decided to demonstrate his newly acquired boxing skills on.
Two other bouts for the card have been tentatively announced. The show will feature a middleweight title fight between hero-turned-heel, UFC 185-pound champ Anderson Silva and the master of pre-fight posturing Chael Sonnen. As well, it will showcase a welterweight scrap between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves – the latter of whom is waiting on medical clearance to compete on the card having undergone a tricky medical procedure to repair an abnormality in his brain last month.