Thiago Silva Out of UFC 149, Team Shogun ‘Refusing’ Fight with Glover Teixeira

Written by Tom Ngo
June 1st, 2012

UFC Light Heavyweight Mauricio Shogun Rua

The bad news for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Thiago Silva has suffered an undisclosed injury that will force the light heavyweight out of his UFC 149 bout against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (Pictured). The good news for the UFC has a little bit of bad news mixed in it – they have the perfect candidate in mind to replace Silva, but Shogun’s camp is reportedly running from Glover Teixeira like he’s got the plague. 

“With Thiago hurt, we turned to Glover and asked him to go right back in to fight Shogun at UFC 149,” White told MMAjunkie. “But Shogun’s people are adamantly refusing to take the fight.

“They want nothing to do with Glover. Shogun wants nothing to do with Glover, but that’s the fight [UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta] and I are trying to put together.”

Teixeira’s long-awaited big league debut had been postponed due to visa issues, but the Brazilian made up for lost time by quickly disposing of Kyle Kingsbury with a 1stRound arm triangle choke just six days ago at UFC 146.

The 32-year-old hasn’t lost a scrap since March of 2005, rattling off 16 straight victories during that span.

Shogun has alternated between wins and losses over his past six bouts. He was last seen dropping a controversial decision defeat to Dan Henderson at UFC 139 in November.

The former light heavyweight champion hasn’t collected consecutive victories since April 2009.

Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada hosts the July 21st festivities. Shogun is slated to co-headline the show – against Teixeira, if the UFC gets their way.

Here is the card’s revised lineup:

Preliminary Card:

Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh

Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen

Claude Patrick vs. James Head

Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon

George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho

Court McGee vs. Nick Ring

Main Card:

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. TBD

Thiago Alves vs. Siyar Bahadurzada

Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo

Erik Koch vs. Jose Aldo (UFC featherweight champion)

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