A heavyweight war between Antonio Silva and Cain Velasquez is being linked to this coming April according to iconic heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. According to “Minotauro,” Silva was signed by the UFC after Zuffa decided to dismantle the Strikeforce heavyweight division.
Nogueira reported the bout in a weekly column he writes for a newspaper in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Velasquez dropped the UFC heavyweight crown to Junior dos Santos this past November via first round knockout, the first defeat of the Arizona State wrestling stand-out’s MMA career. Velasquez was fighting for the first time in several months after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Silva also just returned to training after undergoing shoulder surgery himself. The 16-3 “Bigfoot” last fought against Daniel Cormier, falling in the semifinals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, but had won three straight prior to the stumble including victories over Andrei Arlovski and Fedor Emelianenko.
Currently the only April event on the UFC’s schedule is set for Stockholm, Swden on 4/14 though it’s very likely more will be added as the month gets closer.
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