Brazilian Assuerio Silva (12-5) will take on Frenchman Cheick Kongo (9-3-1) in a heavyweight battle at UFC 70 on April 21, according to the latest fight card rumor from MMAWeekly.com.
The 6'1", 240-pound Silva sports a winless 0-2 career record in the Octagon, losing to division champ Tim Sylvia (23-2) at UFC Fight Night 3 in January 2006 via unanimous decision. In his only other UFC bout, Brandon Vera (8-0) choked out Silva at UFC 60 in May of that same year.
Silva spent the last half of 2006 fighting for other promotions such as Jungle Fight, winning his last two matches.
Kongo is a monster who the UFC had the intentions of molding into a legitimate contender for the title. "The French Sensation" burst onto the UFC scene in mid 2006 with sensational victories over Gilbert Aldana (6-2) and Christian Wellish (7-3).
The run — and the hype — was short-lived, however, after a split-decision upset loss to Carmelo Marrero (6-1) at UFC 64.
Both fighters have something to prove and should put on a show at the Manchester Evening News Arena (M.E.N.) in Manchester, England.