Erick Silva draws returning Nate Loughran at UFC’s Feb Fight Night event

Erick Silva, once a prized welterweight prospect, will take a

step down from top competition when he faces Nate Loughran at the

UFC Fight Night event in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil on Feb. 15,

2014.

The matchup was first reported by Brazil’s Combate.

Silva will be attempting to rebound after suffering his

first-ever finish loss, a knockout at the hands of Dong Hyun Kim in

October. The second-round finish was a KO of the Night Award winner

for Kim, coming on a crushing overhand left. Couple that with a

decision loss to Jon Fitch in Oct. 2012, and Silva has dropped two

of his last three bouts.

While Fitch was in the top 10 when they met and Kim was on the

outer periphery, Loughran is a significant change, making his

return from the UFC after a hiatus of over five years in the

organization.

In fact, Loughran put fighting aside completely for nearly four

years until returning in March 2012. He’s gone 2-0 since that

comeback, and is 11-1 in his career, with eight submissions.

His last UFC appearance came at the inaugural UFC Fight for the

Troops event in 2008, when he went two rounds with Tim Credeur but

was unable to answer the bell for the third due to a rib

injury.

The UFC Fight Night event takes place at Arena Jaragua, and will

be headlined by a middleweight fight between contenders Lyoto

Machida and Gegard Mousasi.