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Thiago Silva to face Antonio Mendes at UFC 84

Thiago Silva (12-0) is now set to face UFC newcomer, Antonio Mendes (14-2) at UFC 84 according to

Silva was originally meant to fight Rashad Evans at the May 24th card but when Mauricio Rua had to pull out of his scheduled fight with Chuck Liddell in June due to a knee injury, Evans stepped into his place.

The undefeated Brazilian, who last fought at UFC 78: Validation, in which he scored a first round TKO over Houston Alexander, will now take on a fellow Brazilian in the form of Antonio Mendes. Mendes went 9-0 in 2007 and fights out of Europe Top Team.

UFC 84 is headlined by a lightweight title clash between UFC lightweight champion, B.J. Penn and former UFC lightweight champion, Sean Sherk. Intriguing light heavyweight matches between Tito Ortiz and Lyoto Machida as well as Keith Jardine vs. Wanderlei Silva will serve as co-main events.

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