Thiago Silva has been forced to pull out of a planned fight with former UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 149. However, Rua may not be without an opponent for long as Dana White is pushing for Glover Teixieira to make a quick turnaround and replace Silva in the bout.
“With Thiago hurt, we turned to Glover and asked him to go right back in to fight ‘Shogun’ at UFC 149,” said White in an interview with MMAjunkie. “But Shogun’s people are adamantly refusing to take the fight. They want nothing to do with Glover.”
Teixiera (18-2) won his UFC debut last weekend by defeating Kyle Kingsbury. His Octagon debut has been years in the making with visa issues having kept him from entering the U.S.until now.
Meanwhile, Rua (20-6) will returning to action for the first time since a loss to Dan Henderson last year. Rua’s manager, Julio Heller, told Tatame his client has not turned down the bout and is simply awaiting word from the UFC to confirm Silva’s injury.
UFC 149 takes place in July from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Jose Aldo will defend his featherweight title against Erik Koch in the main event.
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