Thiago Silva out of St. Preux bout 24 hours after booking

It took less than a day for the
light-heavyweight bout between Thiago Silva and
Ovince St. Preux
to fall apart. The UFC Fight Night match that
was planned for Jan. 15 in Duluth, Georgia has been officially
scrapped after Silva was ruled out for an unspecified reason.

The UFC announced the scratch
on Thursday night.

The fight would have been a fairly quick turnaround for Silva,
who fought on Oct. 9, defeating Matt Hamill in a three-round
unanimous decision in Barueri, Brazil. That victory marked the
second straight victory for the 31-year-old, who holds a career
record of 16-3 with 2 no contests.

The match with St. Preux was originally slated as the
night’s co-main event.

The UFC did not specify whether St. Preux would stay on the card
against another opponent or move elsewhere on the schedule. The
30-year-old St. Preux (14-5 overall) has won both of his Octagon
bouts since joining the organization earlier this year. He won his
debut with a technical decision over Gian Villante in April, and
came back in August with a first-round knockout of Cody
Donovan.

While the UFC hunts for a new co-headliner, the main-event
pairing remains set
with top 10 ranked middleweights Luke Rockhold and
Costa Philippou squaring off
at The Arena at Gwinnett
Center.