We're just a few weeks away from the UFC's first Brazil card of 2014, and one of the most prominent fighters on the event is exciting welterweight Erick Silva. The 29-year-old was expected to face Nate Loughran, whose last UFC fight was in 2008. MMA Junkie reported last night that Loughran is out of the Silva fight for reasons unspecified, and the search is on for a new opponent.
This is yet another instance of Silva needing a replacement opponent in his short UFC career. Mike Swick, John Hathaway, and Siyar Bahadurzada have all previously withdrawn from bouts against "Indio", and Loughran makes it 4 on the list. Loughran (11-1) stepped away from the sport in 2008 following an injury TKO loss to Tim Credeur in the UFC, but has since fought twice (once in 2012 and once in 2013), winning both times and earning himself another UFC contract.
Silva (15-4, 1 NC) is known for his entertaining style and high offensive output, but he's just 3-3 in the UFC and has yet to win consecutive bouts in the organization. After impressively submitting Jason High at UFC on Fuel 10, Silva was knocked out in the 2nd round by Dong Hyun Kim, who is not known for his punching power but was able to connect with a big left hook to send Silva into unconsciousness.