In a meeting with MMA OddsBreaker’s James Lynch, UFC welterweight Bojan Velickovic disclosed that his coaching partner, former RFA welterweight champion Brandon»Ruckus» Thatch was booked to carry on Brazil’s Erick Silva. There is no official date and place for the fight booking, along with the bout hasn’t been formally declared, however, Velickovic did say it is in September, so one might suppose that may be September 24th’s UFC Fight Night 95 in Silva’s backyard of Brasilia, Brazil. Both 170-pounders have their backs against the wall heading into this contest, as Thatch is coming off three consecutive losses, being finished by rear naked choke entry in all three of themand Silva is coming off a pair of defeats himself, most recently a vicious knockout at the hands of Nordine Taleb. This is a small surprise match-up, as most figured there was a good chance both welterweights are receiving their walking papers from the advertising following their most recent excursions inside the Octagon. The UFC has decided that one of them should stick around, and in a promotion where some fighters become cut after only one loss, these welterweights are extremely lucky. Both Thatch and Silva have appeared to be about a decline in recent bouts, therefore it’s going to be interesting to see how they will appear against each other once they square off this September. One fighter’s UFC story will last, while the person who tastes defeat will probably be inching closer to a Bellator contract, even as it would probably serve him better to hang up the gloves for good. Silva stands out of Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, CA under the tutelage of Master Rafael Cordeiro. Thatch and Velickovic fight out of Evolution Fight Team at Denver, CO.. Velickovic faced former American Top Team training partner Michael Graves in the featured bout for the UFC Fight Pass prelims for UFC 201 final evening with his departure causing a vast majority draw.
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