UFC 171: Thiago Silva out, Nikita Krylov in against Ovince St. Preux

Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports

Former Heavyweight Krylov moves down to 205 lbs to replace the troubled Thiago Silva against Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 in Dallas on March 15.

Following the dramatic flame out of former UFC Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva, who's in a Florida jail facing multiple felony charges, Nikita Krylov has been tapped to face Ovince St. Preux at UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas, Texas.

The 21-year-old Krylov (16-3, 1-1 UFC) is coming off a dramatic first round KO win over Walt Harris at UFC on Fox 10. He'll be fighting at Light Heavyweight for the first time in his career but he's always been a very small Heavyweight. St-Preux (14-5, 2-0 UFC) was pushed heavily as a prospect in Strikeforce until he dropped a unanimous decision to Gegard Mousasi. Since then he's bounced back nicely with three straight wins.

As for Silva, UFC president Dana White says he'll never fight in the UFC again.

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