As the UFC prepares for its biggest event to date in Brazil, UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic, the promotion’s matchmakers are working overtime to try and line up a fight for perhaps the best Brazilian fighter ever, Anderson Silva.
Silva has long been a target for UFC 198, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship attempts to fill Arena da Baixada, a nearly 40,000-seat soccer stadium in Curitiba, Brazil.
The card already features heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, a countryman of Silva’s, putting his belt on the line against Stipe Miocic, as well as a blockbuster middleweight showdown between Brazilians Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
According to Globo.com, the UFC is targeting Gegard Mousasi and Tim Kennedy as likely possibilities for Silva.
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While Silva is coming off of a controversial loss to Michael Bisping at UFC London in February, Mousasi is fresh off of a victory over Thales Leites on the same card. Kennedy, however, hasn’t fought since a loss to Yoel Romero in September of 2014.
It’s unclear which is the clearer path, but Mousasi was hoping to fight a little further down the line at either UFC 199 in June or UFC 200 in July. Kennedy has been busy with various other projects, including filming a television series and running a self-defense course.
There are several other notable Brazilians also booked for the card, which includes Demian Maia, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and others.
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