Rising 205-pound contender Thiago Silva will face off against fellow Brazilian and UFC newcomer Antonio Mendes, in a light heavyweight bout at UFC 84 in Las Vegas, Sherdog announced earlier this week.
Silva was originally scheduled to face Rashad Evans at UFC 84 before Evans agreed to challenge Chuck Liddell at UFC 85, in place of the injured Mauricio â€œShogunâ€ Rua.Â He will instead meet Mendes at the pay-per-view event.
Silva (12-0, 3-0 UFC) is undefeated in his short but challenging MMA career, which includes victories over James Irvin, Tomasz Drawl, and most recently Houston Alexander at UFC 78.
Antonio Mendes (14-2, 0-0 UFC) is currently on an impressive 11 fight win streak which he has kept blemish-free since 2004.
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