UFC president Dana White has informed MMAjunkie.com that Thiago Silva is out of a planned fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 149 with an injury. White, in the same interview, said the UFC wanted Glover Teixiera to step in for Silva.
“With Thiago hurt, we turned to Glover and asked him to go right back in to fight ‘Shogun’ at UFC 149,” White said. “But ‘Shogun’s people are adamantly refusing to take the fight.”
Teixeira (18-2) won his UFC debut over the weekend by defeating Kyle Kingsbury. Rua (20-6) is returning to action for the first time since a loss to Dan Henderson last year.
Rua’s manager, Julio Heller, however, is disputing White’s claims, telling Tatame that, “(Turning down Teixeira) it’s not true at all. We have to wait for the names they’ll offer, and then we’ll see what we do.”
UFC 149 takes place from Calgary, Alberta, Canada in July on pay-per-view.