In an interview with MMA OddsBreaker’s James Lynch, UFC welterweight Bojan Velickovic disclosed that his coaching partner, former RFA welterweight champion Brandon“Ruckus“ Thatch was reserved to take on Brazil’s Erick Silva. There is no official date and place for its fight booking, and the bout hasn’t been formally announced, but Velickovic did say it is in September, so one might guess that could be September 24th’s UFC Fight Night 95 at Silva’s backyard of Brasilia, Brazil. Both 170-pounders have their backs against the wall going into this competition, as Thatch is coming off three straight 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 decent possibility both welterweights would be getting their walking papers from the promotion following their most recent outings 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 lucky. Both Thatch and Silva have seemed to be on a decline in recent bouts, therefore it will be intriguing to see how they will look against each other once they square off this September. One fighter’s UFC narrative will last, while the person who tastes defeat will probably be inching closer to some Bellator contract, when it would probably serve him better to hang up the gloves for good. Silva trains from Kings MMA CA under the tutelage of Master Rafael Cordeiro, in Huntington Beach. Thatch and Velickovic struggle from Evolution Fight Team in Denver, CO.. Velickovic confronted former American Top Team training partner Michael Graves at the featured bout for the UFC Fight Pass prelims for UFC 201 final evening with his bout causing a majority draw.
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