After UFC 101 opponent Forrest Griffin was pulled from their co-headliner to meet Anderson Silva in a blockbuster matchup, Thiago Silva didn’t have to wait long to be matched up with a new opponent, though his next fight will take place several weeks later than originally scheduled.
According to MMAjunkie, Silva and Keith Jardine have agreed to meet at UFC 102 on August 29th in Portland, Oregon.
Silva suffered his first career loss to Lyoto Machida in his most recent bout, falling victim to a first-round knockout at UFC 94 in January. He had previously won all 13 bouts of his career, including 4 straight UFC victories over James Irvin, Tomasz Drwal, Houston Alexander, and Antonio Mendes.
Jadine has gone just 2-3 in his last five bouts inside the octagon, but has faced stiff competition over the streatch. After becoming Houston Alexanders first victim, Jardine bounced back with a victory over Chuck Liddell. After suffering another quick knockout loss to Wanderlei Silva, Jardine rebounded with a win Brandon Vera. “The Dean of Mean” was last in action in March in the UFC 96 headliner against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but suffered a unanimous decision loss.
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