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Thiago Silva to face Tim Boetsch at UFC 117

(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 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.

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dranokills- May 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm
REx I'm just gonna call it all FAGABEEFY?
ReX13- May 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm
El Famous>> Perhaps, but we'll keep the fagassery to a minimum.
El Famous Burrito- May 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm
I believe this is tomfoolery.
ReX13- May 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Also, wouldn't this in fact be sarcasm?

Mike Russell- May 4, 2010 at 11:53 am
I don't get it. You mean it's an ironic statement because it isn't in fact a dangling modifier?
Horror Fighter- May 4, 2010 at 10:55 am
"The owner of a 14-2 record, Silva's only losses have come against current and former UFC champions." Dangling modifier! Dangling modifier! This site sucks since BF left!!!*

El Famous Burrito- May 4, 2010 at 9:20 am
Boetsch enters the ring to the theme from Conan. He is cool in my book.

Plus, he tosses portly dudes on their head. How badass is that? Above averagely badass, that's how much.
Fried Taco- May 4, 2010 at 7:19 am
Did I miss someone saying that Thiago is going to make Tim his Boetsch?
justscrappin- May 4, 2010 at 6:37 am
Yeah....Silva had a hurt back. They said he had to go really light on cardio and the such coming into the last couple weeks of his training camp for Rashad. So the combo of back problems...and not being able to train cardio enough was probably the cause oh him not being able to pour it on last minute. It's hard to be explosive and go for the finish..when you know if you push yourself too hard...your back is going to lock up and possibly sideline you for 3 months. I also agree that Boetsch is not even a challenge...and now that the other fight has been called off...I suggest Silva vs. Lil nog. You can thank me later Joe Silva.
FightZen- May 4, 2010 at 4:54 am
Yikes! I know that "anything can happen" in MMA, but seriously? Coming off a loss to Sugah is a far cry from BEING CUT from the UFC. Boetsch muct have killed Joe Silva's puppy or something.

Any one else think Jones/Silva would have been outstanding?
BryanF- May 3, 2010 at 11:10 pm
Oh my god...Tim "Beyotch"...that gem was hidden there all along and no one thought to pick that up and run with it...

Bravo CP
Ratel- May 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm
I didn't know about the back problem. Which makes me say a healthy Thiago is bad mojo for Boetsch. Maybe we'll have to call him Beyatch afterwards.
Japanadian- May 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm
I think Thiago's gonna eat a bowl of honey bunches of Boetsch at ufc 117.
I'd still like to see another ragdoll toss ko though
BryanF- May 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm
Thiago Silva:
I'm bettin on the head-movement-mocking, ass-stomping, throat-slitting badass himself for a KO in the 2nd round...

Seriously, dude dreams of murder all day...
DangadaDang- May 3, 2010 at 7:55 pm
Personally, I know Boetsch best for being the only man to win a fight by ragdoll toss KO
fatbellyfrank- May 3, 2010 at 7:43 pm
^ and Ed Soares
As Good As Anyone- May 3, 2010 at 7:28 pm
@ dranokills

Tell Aleksander Emelianenko that.
Nick Bruiser- May 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm
Thiago gassed vs Rashad, that's why he lost the fight.
dranokills- May 3, 2010 at 7:10 pm
this ain't boxing there ain't no fixes in MMA, get over that right now.
k-onda- May 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm
I really think Thiago had a prob with the back. You're all right on that he didn't look so into that last fight. Hm, that's really been goin around lately. He done gotta get back on da horse.
gigacock- May 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm
three snaps and a circle!
pioneer5555- May 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm
This fight might actually end in submission. Boetsch has guillotined 2 of his last 3 opponents.

@Ratel Thats exactly what I was thinking. I got a feeling that fight was rigged. Rashad is mega popular with casual fans. UFC could have just paid Thiago to under-perform. Although Thiago did have a really bad back injury coming into that fight. Maybe he tried but couldn't put the nails into the coffin. Who knows man. This is a business and I would not be surprised if there is shit going on behind the scenes.
Ratel- May 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm
what, that this is a freebie for Thiago to get back to his winning ways? I like the guy - no fooling around with him, he just wants to kill you. And your family. And all yor friends.

I wish I knew what he was thinking when he fought Evans. he lost the first round and a half, then he was kicking Evans' ass and then held up. Anyone I know who watched that one agrees it looked as if Thiago just didn't "feel like" finishing Rashad off. Pity.
peckawoodd- May 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Smitty- May 3, 2010 at 4:13 pm
Hated it........