Anderson Silva will make his light heavyweight debut against James Irvin at a rumored July 19th Spike TV UFC event according to MMARated.com.
Silva (21-4), the UFC’s middleweight champion, is undefeated inside the octagon, winning all six of his UFC bouts. He holds UFC victories over Chris Leben, Rich Franklin, Travis Lutter, Nate Marquardt, and Dan Henderson. He last fought in March, submitting Henderson in the second round at UFC 82.
Irvin (14-4) is just 3-3 inside the octagon but has won his last two straight UFC bouts. In April, Irvin tied the UFC record for quickest knockout with an 8-second victory over Houston Alexander at UFC Fight Night 13.
Silva will not vacate the title and, barring a loss in the main event, will fight at both 185-pounds and 205-pounds in the future according to F4WOnline.com. If Silva is victorious in his light heavyweight debut he may fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in the future.
Brandon Vera and Cain Velasquez are also expected to be in action at the July 19th event, which will likely take place at The Pearl at The Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.