In what appears to be a headline bout at what may be called UFC 97, UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva will defend his belt against fellow Brazilian Thales Leites.
Silva has gone 8-0 in the UFC and is coming off of what many thought was a disappointing win over Patrick Cote. Thales Leites is 5-1 in the UFC and is coming off of a quick submission win over Drew McFedries.
The bout is not a surprise as Dana White threw out Leites’ name in a recent interview. However, he does seem to have leap frogged several notable contenders. Nevertheless, Leites who has slick submissions will be a threat to Silva.
UFC 97 appears to be taking place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on April 18th. This will leave room for speculation that if Georges St. Pierre is successful against B.J. Penn that he will defend his belt at this event against Thiago Alves. Perhaps this is the UFC way of setting up the mega fight between Silva and St. Pierre.