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Mauricio Rua targeted for tilt with Thiago Silva

It appears former light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua’s next bout will involve a fellow Brazilian, as UFC President Dana White went on Twitter today to start the rumor mill by saying Thiago Silva would serve as Rua’s opponent though stopped short of confirming the event. Both seasoned scrappers are coming off hard-fought decision defeats and should produce a memorable result given their generally aggressive approach to combat.

The 20-6 Rua hasn’t stepped into the Octagon since his five-round classic against Dan Henderson at UFC 139 this past November. However, he was previously linked to a fight with Quinton Jackson indicating he is healthy enough to fight again in the coming months, and now seems to have gotten his adversary in the form of Silva. Some of his past wins include those over Jackson, Alistair Overeem, Forrest Griffin, and Lyoto Machida.

Silva hasn’t enjoyed the same level of success as “Shogun” but is an apt adversary all the same, racking up a record of 14-3 in his career with stoppages of Houston Alexander and Keith Jardine. He was last seen going the distance against rising star Alexander Gustafsson earlier this month in the main event at UFC on Fuel 2 after more than a year away from competition due to a drug-related suspension.

With the announcement that Jose Aldo’s title-defense against Erik Koch will indeed take place at UFC 149 a likely landing spot for Silva-Rua could be UFC 147 given the June 23 event’s attachment to Brazil and need for a solid bout alongside Wanderlei Silva-Vitor Belfort.