A fight between Anderson Silva and Ovince St. Preux is believed to be under consideration for UFC 212 in Brazil on June 3rd.
That’s the word according to Brazilian site Combate, who claim that the plan would be to have them fight at a catchweight of 195lbs.
Silva has been awaiting a new fight for some time after his orginally scheduled match-up against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 212 fell through when his opponent tested positive for marijuana metabolites.
Former long-time middleweight champion Silva claimed his first victory in almost four years against Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in February, though some questioned whether he really deserved to emerge with a unanimous decision verdict on that occasion.
Nevertheless, the relief on Silva’s face afterwards was evident for all to see after a dismal few years that had saw him lose twice to Chris Weidman, have a win over Nick Diaz overturned after testing positive for steriods, and then suffer two additiona losses to Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier.
In OSP, he would be facing a fighter who has just overcame a three-fight losing streak of his own by claiming a second round submission win over Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC Fight Night 108 on Saturday night.
Prior to that St. Preux had delivered a series of lackluster performances against Jon Jones, Jimi Manuwa and Volkan Oezdemir, so a confidence-boosting victory was just what he needed to get back on track and preserve his place in the 205lb top 10 rankings.
So far UFC officials have not officially confirmed this fight, though with just over a month to go until fight night they’ll no doubt be eager to do so sooner rather than later if this is the match-up they want to make.