Thiago Silva. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva has reportedly been forced to withdraw from his bout against undefeated light heavyweight contender Lyoto Machida at UFC 89 because of a lingering back problem according to MMA Weekly.
The UFC has yet to officially announce the change but confirmation is expected over the weekend. No indications have been given in terms of a replacement opponent for Machida, although former PRIDE standouts Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson could be called on to fill in on short notice.
Silva, who now trains with Florida-based American Top Team, has picked up victories in his first four UFC bouts, all in impressive fashion. Silva busted into the light heavyweight contenders picture after a brutal stoppage of upstart Houston Alexander in November of last year. He last submitted newcomer Antonio Mendes at UFC 84 in May.
UFC 89 will be headlined by a middleweight clash between England native Michael Bisping and hard-hitting popular veteran Chris Leben. Additional main card bouts include include Keith Jardine vs. Brandon Vera and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luis Cane.
Randy Couture. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Couture Expecting Contractual Ruling This Week
Embattled UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture reportedly expects a Texas state court to rule this week on his contractual standing with the organization, potentially setting up an anticipated showdown between himself and heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko according to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com.
Even though a ruling may be made, Couture believes that his status won’t be completely finalized due to possible appeals from the losing party. However Couture remains confident that he will indeed face Emelianenko sometime before his impending retirement in the near future.
“When, where and with what promotion — we don’t know,” Couture said in the report. “It could happen in the UFC. We just don’t know. I want it to happen. Fedor wants it to happen. In some way, shape or form, we’re going to make it happen.”
Affliction: Banned Salaries and Numbers
The California State Athletic Commission today released the official fighter salaries, attendance numbers, and gate receipts for this past weekend’s “Affliction: Banned” event, which took place at the Honda Center in Anaheim in front of a crowd of 14,832. According to the commission, 3,590 complimentary tickets were given out and 740 tickets went unsold. The gate receipts turned in a reported $2,085,510. The complimentary and unsold tickets were worth 757,900.
Lyoto Machida. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Rising UFC light heavyweight contender Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida will attempt to even closer to a title shot when he takes on fellow unbeaten Thiago Silva on October 18th at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben, which will take place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
The organization officially announced the bout earlier today.
Machida has won his first five fights inside the confines of the UFC. His last three wins have come over perennial top-ten fighters in his division. After dispatching of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura in consecutive fights, Machida went on to pick up the biggest victory of his career thus far, a dominating unanimous decision over former six-time UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.
Meanwhile Silva, a product of Chute Boxe who now trains with Florida-based American Top Team, has picked up victories in his first four UFC bouts, all in impressive fashion. Silva busted into the light heavyweight contenders picture after a brutal stoppage of upstart Houston Alexander in November of last year. He last submitted newcomer Antonio Mendes by way of strikes in May.
UFC 89 will be headlined by a middleweight clash between England native Michael Bisping and hard-hitting popular veteran Chris Leben. Additional main card bouts are expected to include Diego Sanchez vs. Thiago Alves, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Luis Cane, and Dan Hardy vs. Akihiro Gono.
Thiago Silva weighs-in for UFC 78: Validation. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced three additional bouts for the the organization’s return to Las Vegas on May 24th for UFC 84: Ill Will.
The promotion confirmed the already-rumored fights on their official website.
UFC 84 will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk. Former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will also go up against an undefeated Lyoto Machida in a fight that will likely be Ortiz’s last with the UFC.
Former PRIDE standouts Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Kazuhiro Nakamura will return to action against each other at the event.
After busting onto the scene with two huge upsets over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in consecutive fights, Sokoudjou was defeated in his UFC debut, submitting to Ryoto Machida at UFC 79: Nemesis in December. Similar to his opponent, Nakamura also lost his debut to Machida as well. Nakamura is coming off of a suspension courtesy of the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana.
After being originally scheduled to face Rashad Evans, who was tapped to fill in as an injury replacement against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in June, Thiago Silva will now take on Europe Top Team product Antonio Mendes.
Silva has won his first three fights inside the Octagon and remains undefeated in his professional career. Mendes, who will be making his debut inside the UFC, is currently riding an eleven-fight winning streak that stretches all the way back to October 2004.
Light heavyweight contender Wilson Gouveia will attempt to continue his winning ways when he takes on international prospect Goran Reljic.
Gouveia is currently riding a four-fight UFC winning streak. The American Top Team product recently pulled off a huge knockout win over veteran Jason Lambert. Reljic has not lost yet in his professional career. He last earned a unanimous decision over Waldemar Golinski at a Boxing Explosion event this past August.
Thiago Silva weighs-in for UFC 78: Validation. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
UFC light heavyweight contender Thiago Silva will now reportedly take on Europe Top Team product Antonio Mendes at UFC 84: Ill Will on May 24th.
The news comes from a report by Sherdog‘s Greg Savage.
The event will be headlined by a bad blood-filled UFC lightweight title bout that pits current champion B.J. Penn up against former champion Sean Sherk.
Silva was originally scheduled to face the heavyweight winner of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter in Rashad Evans but Evans was tapped to fill in as an injury replacement against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in June.
He has won his first three fights inside the Octagon and remains undefeated in his professional career. Silva’s last fight was a stoppage victory over Houston Alexander two months ago. Reports have been circulating that Silva has chosen to train with American Top Team for this fight instead of his usual Chute Boxe home.
Mendes, who will be making his debut inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is currently riding an eleven-fight winning streak that stretches all the way back to October 2004. The Fortaleza, Brazil native last defeated Kiril Sidelnikov by doctor’s stoppage at an M-1 event last summer.
UFC light heavyweights Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva will collide at the UFC’s scheduled event in May according to Brazilian news site Tatame.
It’s too early for anything to be official but various reports are stating that a fight between the two has been rumored for some time and may very take place.
Both have never lost inside the confines of the UFC and both are undefeated in their professional careers as well. Evans, the former winner of the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, is coming off of a hard-fought unanimous decision over Michael Bisping at UFC 78 in November.
Silva has won his first three fights inside the Octagon. His last was a stoppage victory over Houston Alexander two months ago. According to Tatame’s article, Silva is currently training with American Top Team inside of his Chute Boxe home. Sources say that it is nothing permanent.
Tonight we will be going live at 8 PM EST, covering UFC 78: Validation with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the day and night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes predictions, weigh-in results, and much more:
UFC 78: Validation Weigh-In Results
Tap Selections: UFC 78
Goldberg and Rogan Preview UFC 78
Herman Wants Revenge Against Doerksen
Bisping and Evans Ready to Battle at UFC 78
Alexander Plans to be Quick and Exciting
UFC 78 Conference Call Notes
Terrell Replaced by Doerksen at UFC 78
Parisyan-Chonan; Alves-Lytle Now Set for UFC 78
Lombard Unable to Compete at UFC 78
Aurelio-Caudillo Agree to Terms
UFC Announces Bisping-Evans, Alexander-Silva
Rashad Evans vs Michael Bisping
Houston Alexander vs Thiago Silva
Karo Parisyan vs Ryo Chonan
Spencer Fisher vs Frankie Edgar
Joe Doerksen vs Ed Herman
Chris Lytle vs Thiago Alves
Joe Lauzon vs Jason Reinhardt
Marcus Aurelio vs Luke Caudillo
Akihiro Gono vs Tamdan McCrory
UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan break down tomorrow night’s two huge fights in the UFC’s light heavyweight division: Ultimate Fighter winners Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping square off in a bout that will see one fighter earn his first professional loss; Upstart Houston Alexander will try to continue his string of impressive stoppage wins when he takes on Chute Boxe product Thiago Silva.
Here are the official weigh-in results for UFC 78: Validation which is set to take place tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. All 18 fighters scheduled to compete successfully made weight.
Rashad Evans (206 lbs) vs Michael Bisping (205 lbs)
Houston Alexander (203 lbs) vs Thiago Silva (204 lbs)
Karo Parisyan (170 lbs) vs Ryo Chonan (169.5 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (154.5 lbs) vs Frankie Edgar (154 lbs)
Joe Doerksen (185.5 lbs) vs Ed Herman (186 lbs)
Chris Lytle (170.5 lbs) vs Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Joe Lauzon (155 lbs) vs Jason Reinhardt (155 lbs)
Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs) vs Luke Caudillo (155.5lbs)
Akihiro Gono (169 lbs) vs Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)
Houston Alexander tells ESPN that he wants to make things quick and exciting for the fans against Thiago Silva at UFC 78 this weekend.