The UFC's debut in China has another intriguing fight scheduled, as fierce striker Thiago Silva (14-3, 1 NC MMA; 5-3, 1 NC UFC) returns to action for the first time since April, facing Bulgarian Stanislav Nedkov (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in Macau for UFC on FUEL TV 6. Silva's manager Glenn Robinson confirmed the news with Sherdog.
Glenn Robinson tells us that Thiago Silva will return on the November show in Macau to face Stanislav Nedkov.— Jack (@SherdogRewind) August 27, 2012
While it's not necessarily a must-win for Silva, he is coming off a one-sided defeat to Alexander Gustafsson and in his last 5 fights stands just 1-3 with 1 no-contest to Brandon Vera (originally a decision win) due to a false urine sample. Silva is known for his powerful punches and ground-and-pound, both of which led to dominant wins over the likes of Keith Jardine and Houston Alexander. The 29-year-old was originally scheduled to fight Mauricio Rua at UFC 149, but pulled out due to injury.
Nedkov's time in the UFC has been more notable for him not fighting than actually fighting. His debuts at UFC 117 and 120 were called off due to injuries to himself prior to 117 and Steve Cantwell right before 120. He did eventually make his first appearance in the UFC one-year ago today, TKOing Luiz Cane at UFC 134 in Brazil. His next fight was supposed to be in Brazil again against Fabio Maldonado, but issues with Nedkov's visa caused the bout to be scrapped.