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An intriguing light heavyweight match-up has been announced for UFC 162 featuring a pair of Brazilian fighters coming off suspension as Thiago Silva takes on Rafael Cavalcante in Las Vegas, Nevada. Get all the details below.
A Light Heavyweight fight in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been announced (via MMA Fighting) between former Strikeforce 205-pound champion Rafael Cavalcante and former contender Thiago Silva for UFC 162 in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 6 later this summer.
In a surprising twist, both men are coming off no contests and suspensions after failing post-fight drug tests. Cavalcante was popped for for metabolites of the anabolic steroid stanozolol following his first round submission of Mike Kyle while Silva tested positive for marijuana metabolites following his third round knockout of Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on Fuel TV 6 last November.
Silva (14-3, 2 NC) has not officially won a fight in over three years now. His last two victories over Nedkov and Brandon Vera were both overturned. The win over Vera was nixed after he submitted a falsified urine sample. In between the no contests, the Brazilian was defeated by Alexander Gustafsson via unanimous decision in Sweden. You'll have to go all the way back to 2009 when Silva knocked out Keith Jardine in the first round of UFC 102 to find his last legitimate win.
Cavalcante (11-3, 1 NC) trains out of Blackhouse alongside UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. When he tested positive last May, the former champion was fined $2,500 by the California State Athletic Commission and his victory over Kyle was overturned. "Feijao" will be cleared to re-apply for a fight license once his suspension expires on May 19, so this fight is not 100 percent official until the Nevada commission gives him the go-ahead.
UFC 162 will be headlined by a middleweight title fight featuring Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman. Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more details on the event as they arrive.