In an interview with MMA OddsBreaker’s James Lynch, UFC welterweight Bojan Velickovic disclosed his coaching partner, former RFA welterweight champion Brandon”Ruckus” Thatch has been reserved to carry on Brazil’s Erick Silva. There’s no official date and place for the struggle booking, and the bout has not been formally declared, but Velickovic did say 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 competition, as Thatch is coming off three consecutive losses, being finished by rear naked choke submission in three of them, and Silva is coming off a pair of defeats himself, most recently a barbarous knockout in the hands of Nordine Taleb. This is a bit of a surprise match-up, as many figured there was a good chance both welterweights would be getting their walking papers from the advertising following their latest outings inside the Octagon. The UFC has however decided that one of these must stick about, and in a promotion where some fighters get cut after 1 loss, these welterweights are very lucky. The two Thatch and Silva have appeared to be on a decrease in recent bouts, so it will be intriguing to see how they will look against each other once they square off this September. 1 fighter’s UFC narrative will continue, while the person who tastes defeat will likely be inching closer to a Bellator contract, even when it would likely serve him better to hang up the gloves for good. Silva trains out of Kings MMA in Huntington Beach. Thatch and Velickovic struggle 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 bout causing a vast majority draw.
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