Erick Silva will face Canada’s Nordine Taleb in a welterweight at UFC 197, the UFC announced Wednesday.
Erick Silva (18-6, 1 NC) has gone 6-5 since entering the UFC in 2011, with all of his wins coming by way of stoppage. His last fight was a split-decision loss to Neil Magny in a fight that many thought Silva underperformed. Before that fight, Silva had won two bouts in a row, both of them being first-round submissions; one over Josh Koscheck and the other over Mike Rhodes. The 31-year old has earned 6 post-fight bonuses out of his 11 total fights in the UFC.
Nordine Taleb (11-3) is coming off of a submission loss to TUF Brazil 3 winner Warlley Alves at UFC 190, which snapped his 3-fight win streak. Taleb began his professional MMA career in Canada and compiled a 6-1 record before being signed by Bellator. He was then picked up by the UFC and has appeared twice on The Ultimate Fighter.
UFC 197 will be headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Rafael Dos Anjos and Conor McGregor. The co-main event will feature a bantamweight title fight between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate. So far, the only non-title title fights that have been officially added to UFC 197 are Erick Silva vs Nordine Taleb and a light-heavyweight bout between Corey Anderson vs Tom Lawlor.
UFC 197 will take place on March 5 in Las Vegas.