Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
One -- or both -- of the fighters booked for a light heavyweight showdown at UFC 162 may not be welcome in Las Vegas just yet, as Thiago Silva and Rafael Cavalcante will now be asked to settle their differences in Brazil.
Imagine that, two Brazilian fighters coming off no contests and disciplinary suspensions for failing post-fight drug tests, moved from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Fortaleza, Brazil.
Who didn't see that coming?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has taken the showdown between ex-Strikeforce 205-pound champion Rafael Cavalcante and former division contender Thiago Silva, originally booked for UFC 162 over the Fourth of July Weekend in "Sin City," and bumped it up to the UFC on FUEL TV 10 show on June 8, 2013.
Tatame.com brought word of the change in plans earlier today.
Cavalcante (11-3, 1 NC) was popped for the anabolic steroid stanozolol following his first-round submission of Mike Kyle under the Strikeforce banner, while Silva (14-3, 2 NC) tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his third-round tap of Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on FUEL TV 6 last November.
Loser leaves town?
UFC on FUEL TV 10 is expected to feature a heavyweight main event -- and PRIDE FC rematch -- between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum, the two Brazilians who are serving as TUF: "Brazil 2" coaches this season. In addition, the live finale of the combat sports reality show is expected to grace the televised main card, as well.
See more on the June 8 line up here.