In an interview with MMA OddsBreaker’s James Lynch, UFC welterweight Bojan Velickovic disclosed that his training partner, former RFA welterweight champion Brandon”Ruckus” Thatch has been booked to take on Brazil’s Erick Silva. There’s no official date and location for its fight booking, along with the bout hasn’t been formally declared, however, Velickovic did state that it is in September, so one might guess that may be September 24th’s UFC Fight Night 95 in Silva’s backyard of Brasilia, Brazil. The two 170-pounders have their backs against the wall going into this contest, as Thatch is coming off three straight losses, being finished by rear naked choke submission in all three of themand Silva is coming off a pair of defeats himself, most recently a barbarous knockout at the hands of Nordine Taleb. This is a bit of a surprise match-up, as most guessed there was a decent chance both welterweights would be getting their walking papers from the advertising following their latest outings inside the Octagon. The UFC has decided that one of them should stick around, and in a marketing where some fighters become cut after only one reduction, these welterweights are lucky. The two Thatch and Silva have seemed to be on a decline in recent bouts, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they will appear against each other once they square off this September. 1 fighter’s UFC narrative will last, while the one who tastes conquer will probably be inching closer to a Bellator contract, even as it would likely serve him better to just hang up the gloves for good. Silva trains out of Kings MMA CA under the tutelage of Master Rafael Cordeiro, at Huntington Beach. Thatch and Velickovic fight out of Evolution Fight Team in Denver, CO.. Velickovic confronted 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 resulting in a majority draw.
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