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Report: Anderson Silva to debut at light heavyweight during July 19 Spike TV special


Plans remain in motion for a live UFC special on Spike TV scheduled for July 19. According to Ariel Helwani of, the main event for the show will feature the debut of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at light heavyweight.The site is reporting that Silva’s debut at 205 pounds will come against James Irvin. reported on Monday that a light heavyweight main event consisting of Wanderlei Silva vs. Brandon Vera had been on the table. However, recent indications are that Silva declined the bout because it was on such short notice.

The UFC is believed to be looking to run a show on such short notice as a way to counter-program Affliction’s inaugural MMA show the same night on pay-per-view.

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