Report: Thiago Silva vs. Antonio Mendes at UFC 84 by MMAjunkie.com Staff [mmajunkie-staff] on Mar 11, 2008 at 8:55 am in - News - With Rashad Evans now slated to fight Chuck Liddell in UFC 85's main event, his original opponent, Thiago Silva (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), will instead take on UFC newcomer Antonio Mendes (14-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 84. The report comes from Sherdog.com. However, the UFC has yet to announce the bout. UFC 84 takes place May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn meets former champ Sean Sherk in the night's main event. The rumored Evans-Silva bout would have been one of UFC 84's biggest fights, but after Mauricio "Shogun" Rua reaggravated a knee injury that required surgery, Evans was slated to fight Liddell instead. It'll be a second consecutive main-event fight for Evans. In his place steps Mendes. The 26-year-old Brazilian owns an 11-fight win streak and went 9-0 in 2007. However, the European Top Team member hasn't fought since a July 2007 TKO victory in the M-1 organization. Silva, undefeated since turning pro in September 2005, joined the UFC last year. The Brazilian has posted TKO victories over James Irvin (UFC 71), Tomasz Drwal (UFC 75) and Houston Alexander (UFC 78).