Glover Teixeira Injured, Rashad sidelined for now.
Antonio Silva battles Frank Mir at UFC Fight Night 61
We’re only one week into the new year, 2015, and already two UFC main events have been cancelled due to an injured fighter.
It was announced today that due to knee injury, recent light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira has been forced out of his UFC Fight Night 61, Porto Alegre bout. Glover was to face Rashad Evans – the fight now cancelled with no talk yet of Rashad’s next appearance in the Octagon. UFC confirmed in its place will be a heavyweight fight between Antonio Silva and Frank Mir. This matchup was previously scheduled for UFC 184 on Feb 28th in Los Angeles. Sadly for Evans and fans alike – his fight has been pulled entirely, and it’s unknown when and who he’ll fight next.
Mir is coming off 4 straight losses .. he is currently at (16-9). Even more significantly, he didn’t win a single round in each of the four fights. It can be argued he has fought a brutal stretch of opposition dating back to 2012 when he was stopped by then-heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC 146. Mir, currently 35 years old, has also suffered defeats against recent light heavyweight title contender Daniel Cormier, Josh Barnett, and Alistair Overeem.
Silva is without a win in his last three fights. Sitting at (18-6, 1 NC) including a shocking 1st round KO delivered by returning past UFC champion Andrei Arlovski in Brasilia last September. “Bigfoot” challenged for the heavyweight belt held by Cain Velasquez in 2013, but he was dropped and stopped in just 81 seconds. The two wins Bigfoot has in the UFC are against Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem, as well as a draw-turned-NC against Mark Hunt after testing positive for an elevated level of testosterone.
Despite their recent win/loss records, both Mir and Silva, both at #12 & #7 respectively, have distinguished MMA careers and have made significant accomplishments in the world of MMA. These are still very relevant fighters that can draw a crowd .. a testament to their longevity and their brand.
With no word on what’s going on with Rashad Evans, for now we’ll just have to wait and see. Surely the UFC Brass is looking for an opponent for the earliest possible date. Rashad, currently ranked #4 in the Light-Heavyweight division, hasn’t fought in 14 months, having come off two straight wins against Chael Sonnen (Rd 1 KO) and close split-decision against Dan henderson. Surely Rashad is extremely hungry to get back into the Octagon.
UFC Fight Night 61 takes place on Sunday, Feb. 22,at Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The main card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 184 takes place Feb. 28 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The evening’s main card airs on pay-per-view.