In an interview with MMA OddsBreaker’s James Lynch, UFC welterweight Bojan Velickovic revealed 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 location for the struggle booking, and the bout hasn’t been officially declared, however, Velickovic did say that it is in September, so one would guess that may be September 24th’s UFC Fight Night 95 in Silva’s garden of Brasilia, Brazil. Both 170-pounders have their backs against the wall heading into this competition, as Thatch is coming off three consecutive losses, being finished by rear naked choke submission in all three of them, and 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 many guessed there was a decent chance both welterweights would be receiving their walking papers from the advertising following their latest excursions inside the Octagon. The UFC has decided that one of these should stick around, and in a promotion where some fighters become cut these welterweights are fortunate. Both Thatch and Silva have seemed to be on a decrease in recent bouts, so it will be interesting to see how they will look against each other once they square off this September. One fighter’s UFC narrative will last, while the one who tastes defeat will probably be inching closer to some Bellator contract, even when it would likely serve him better to just hang up the gloves for good. Silva stands out of Kings MMA in Huntington Beach. Thatch and Velickovic struggle from Evolution Fight Team in 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 last evening with his bout resulting in a majority draw.
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