Thiago Silva Signs With WSOF, Enters 4-Man Tournament For Light Heavyweight Title
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Thiago Silva has signed with World Series of Fighting and will vie for the promotion’s light heavyweight title through a four-man tournament on March 28.
The promotion confirmed the news after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. Silva will face Ronny Markes in the semifinals of the tournament, while Matt Hamill will be on the opposite side of the bracket and face a yet-to-be announced opponent. The tournament final will take place later this summer.
UFC discussing Dillashaw vs. Barao 2, Rampage vs. Maldonado for UFC 186 in Montreal
The UFC's first card in Montreal since 2013 doesn't have a main event yet, but officials are exploring the possibility of a bantamweight championship rematch as the headliner. According to Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, discussions are in place for T.J. Dillashaw to defend his bantamweight belt against Renan Barao, the man he famously took it from last May. Additionally, the return of Quinton Jackson to the UFC could start off with a showdown with noted brawler Fabio Maldonado.
Paige VanZant vs. Felice Herrig set for UFC on FOX 15 in New Jersey
The fight card for UFC on FOX 15 continues to fill out as a women's strawweight bout was added to the card on Wednesday as Paige VanZant will square off with Felice Herrig. The bout was announced on UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1.
VanZant, 20, made her UFC debut recently, defeating Kailin Curran via third-round TKO at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson in November. Her MMA record stands at 4-1. Prior to making her debut, VanZant was originally scheduled to compete on The Ultimate Fighter season 20, but was disqualified because of her age. Contestants on the show must be 21 years of age or higher.
Hendricks Out Of Title Fight, Faces Matt Brown At UFC 185
UFC officials have opted against a Robbie Lawler-Johny Hendricks trilogy, for unknown reasons, and instead have put Hendricks in against Columbus Ohio’s Matt “The Immortal” Brown.
UFC officials announced the news Tuesday.
UFC 185 goes down from the American Airlines Center, in Dallas, on March 14.
No news on what the UFC’s intentions are for their newly minted welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.