Light heavyweight contender Thiago Silva will look to rebound from a January loss to Rashad Evans when he returns to the Octagon against Tim Boetsch at UFC 117 on August 7 in Oakland, California, according to Sherdog, which reports that both fighters have verbally agreed to the 205-pound matchup.
Prior to his loss to the former champ Evans, Silva (14-2), previously rumored for July’s UFC 116, had won 5 of his first 6 UFC fights, losing only to current title-holder Lyoto Machida while earning wins over the likes of Keith Jardine, Tomasz Drwal, and James Irvin.
Boetsch (11-3) was released by the UFC last year following a 2-2 stint that included wins over David Heath and Mike Patt as well as losses to Matt Hamill and Jason Brilz, but returns to the promotion on a three-fight win streak.
UFC 117 is expected to be headlined by middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen and is also rumored to feature Thiago Alves vs. Jon Fitch and Matt Hughes vs. Ricardo Almeida.
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