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UFC 71: Thiago Silva vs. James Irvin

thiago silva vs james irvin at ufc 71
Undefeated Chute Boxe-trained fighter Thiago Silva (9-0) will make his UFC debut against four-fight Octagon veteran James Irvin (12-3) at UFC 71 on May 26, according to

This bout finalizes the Las Vegas, Nevada, card that will be headlined with the rematch between UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

With all the other stuff we had going on for UFC 70: "Nations Collide," I didn't have time to pass this news along sooner. Several UFCmania readers, in fact, have also been reminding me to get this post up — apologies for the delay.

Out of the nine fights on the card, five of them feature 205-pound showdowns. And the match up between Silva and Irvin should create some fireworks.

"The Sandman" is coming off of an impressive stoppage of Hector Ramirez via technical knockout (strikes) at UFC 65 back in November 2006. His knockout of Terry Martin at UFC 54 with a flying knee is perhaps his most memorable UFC moment. Irvin has two losses in the Octagon to Stephan Bonnar (kimura) and Mike Kyle (knockout).

Silva is a tough Brazilian fighter who trains with other light heavyweight standouts such as Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. He's perfect it nine professional bouts, finishing more than 77 percent of his opponents via T(KO). Silva has heavy hands and is the reigning Fury Fighting Championship 93 kg GP champion.

Don't expect this one to last long – someone might be going to sleep early.

For the rest of the developing UFC 71 fight card click here.