Though Mauricio Rua had mentioned a third match-up with Lyoto Machida as a possibility for his next outing with Quinton Jackson shelved due to surgery, it appears “Shogun” will indeed fight a fellow Brazilian this summer but not the one he’d expected.

According to UFC President Dana White, Rua is destined to duke it out with Thiago Silva at an event this summer though no further details were mentioned.

Rua’s last fight came in November and was one for the ages, as he and Dan Henderson went at it for five full rounds in a legitimate instant-classic. Though he came up short on the scorecards, the 20-6 Rua had little to be embarrassed about given the gutsy effort put forth. Prior to the defeat he knocked out Forrest Griffin less than two minutes into their August bout.

Silva is also coming off a decision loss, falling to Alexander Gustafsson earlier this month after more than a year on the sidelines due to a drug-related suspension. He holds an overall record of 14-3 with thirteen stoppages to his credit.

It is likely Rua-Silva will take place at UFC 147 (June 23 in Brazil) or UFC 149 (July 21 in Calgary).


MMATraining Take: Ruthless matchmaking for Silva! Rua should have this bout in the bag as long as he shows up healthy and in shape. On the other hand, I see it as an excuse for the UFC to cut Silva with a loss. If they were interested in developing him as a star they wouldn’t keep feeding him to monsters.