A potentially explosive light-heavyweight clash between Thiago Silva and Ovince St.Preux is the latest addition to UFC Fight Night 35 in Duluth, Georgia. Both men are riding win streaks heading into the encounter, which is set to take place on January 15.
Silva has recorded back-to-back victories and most recently posted a decision victory at Fight Night 29 over Matt Hamill. Silva weighed in three pounds overweight for that fight and despite the victory, it did little to raise his stock. He looked much better in a previous contest against Rafael Cavalcante when he posted a first-round stoppage in a Fight and Knockout of the Night performance.
Silva is 7-3-2 inside the Octagon and is a proven finisher with 14 stoppages by way of knockout or submission in his 16 career victories. Silva has been in with solid competition during the course of his career, with his only losses coming at the hands of Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans and Alexander Gustafsson.
Since a lackluster 3-4 start to his career, St. Preux has been an impressive 11-1 since then. The only loss during that 12 fight-streak came at the hands of Gegard Mousasi dating back to their days in Strikeforce. “OSP” has been successful in both of his Octagon appearances, recording a victory over Gian Villante and most recently knocking out Cody Donovan at UFC Fight Night 26.
St. Preux isn’t a well-known commodity yet in the UFC, but that would definitely change with a victory over Silva. While Silva has had his share of controversy, there is no denying that he usually brings it on fight night. He can potentially inch his way back into a high-profile fight with a third straight victory.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports