A recent trend of announcing fights only to have them fall apart soon afterwards has struck UFC Fight Night 35. Brazilian slugger Thiago Silva is out of a scheduled light heavyweight clash in Duluth, Georgia against Ovince St.Preux.
The last time Silva appeared in the Octagon, he was three pounds overweight for a fight against Matt Hamill that he won by unanimous decision. It was a performance that did very little for his career. There was no reason given for Silva’s withdrawal.
As for St. Preux, it’s likely that he will remain on the January 15 card. “OSP” has put together victories in both of his UFC appearances, having bested Gian Villante and knocked out Cody Donovan. He’s compiled a 14-5 career ledger, but is an impressive 11-1 in his last 12 fights. The lone defeat during that solid stretch came at the hands of Gegard Mousasi back in the Strikeforce promotion.
It has to be disappointing news for St. Preux, who was no doubt looking forward to the step up in competition. It’ll be intriguing to see what kind of opponent the UFC is able to find for him, and thankfully they do have plenty of time to find one. St. Preux-Silva had been slated as the co-main event for the card.
The event is to be headlined by a middleweight fight between Luke Rockhold and Costa Philippou. Both fighters are looking to steady the ship after sustaining losses in their last fight. Rockhold was knocked out by Vitor Belfort while Philippou lost a lopsided unanimous decision against Francis Carmont.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports