Nikita Krylov Replaces Thiago Silva, Fights Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171

Written by Tom Ngo
February 7th, 2014

Strikeforce Ovince St Preux OSP

The UFC wasted no time in erasing Thiago Silva from their roster following the light heavyweight’s arrest. Unfortunately for Ovince St. Preux (pictured), that left him hanging for the past 24 hours.

St. Preux can sleep easy tonight (or perhaps not), as he’s been issued his new assignment for UFC 171. Heavyweight Nikita Krylov has agreed to shed some excess pounds to fight St. Preux on March 15.

UFC officials announced the swap Friday night.

Krylov is less than two weeks removed from collecting his first Octagon W in a TKO victory over Walt Harris. “Al Capone” has alternated between wins and losses over his past five outings.

St. Preux will be riding a three-fight winning streak into the tango. The former Strikeforce star was last seen in August knocking out Cody Donovan.

American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas hosts the festivities.

Here is the card’s current lineup:

Daniel Pineda vs. Robert Whiteford

Frank Trevino vs. Renee Forte Teixeira

Bubba McDaniel vs. Tor Troeng

Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Justin Scoggins vs. William Campuzano

Sean Spencer vs. Alex Garcia

Jimy Hettes vs. Dennis Bermudez

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Rick Story

Ovince St. Preux vs. Nikita Krylov

Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields

Myles Jury vs. Diego Sanchez

Tyron Woodley vs. Carlos Condit

Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks (for vacant UFC welterweight title)

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