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Thiago Silva vs. Tim Boetsch set for UFC 117

A light-heavyweight fight between Brazilian striker Thiago Silva and the returning Tim Boetsch has been booked for UFC 117.

The news of the anticipated match-up comes courtesy of a recent report from

It was originally rumored that Silva would face Ryan Bader at this event, but Bader had hand surgery this month and won’t be able to start training till late may.

Silva is looking to rebound after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Rashad Evan at UFC 108. It was later reported that Silva fought with three herniated discs and gutted it out. It was Silva’s second loss in MMA, with his first loss was against current UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

Boetsch is making his return to the UFC after going 3-0 outside of the promotion. Boetsch finished two of the three fights with a guillotine choke, and had gone 2-2 within the promotion. His most famous fight was against David Heath at UFC 81, a fight that he won by throwing Heath into the cage and pounding him out. The throw became popular with fans, as many began to dub the throw “Redneck Judo.”

UFC 117 takes place on August 7 from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

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