Thiago Silva set to face Igor Pokrajac

Updated: February 8, 2012, 5:02 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

Light heavyweight contender Thiago Silva will fight for the first time in more than a year on May 15 when he faces hard-hitting Igor Pokrajac in Fairfax, Va., UFC announced Wednesday.

Silva and Pokrajac are expected to compete on the UFC on FX 3 main card. Lightweight contender Donald Cerrone is slated to face veteran Yves Edwards at the event.

Silva (14-2, one no contest) was suspended for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after submitting a fake urine sample one day before his Jan. 1, 2011, bout with Brandon Vera.

He defeated Vera by unanimous decision. The result of the fight, however, was later changed to a no contest because of Silva's failed prefight test.

Silva was originally scheduled to face Vera in a rematch May 15, but the Norfolk, Va., native withdrew last week with an undisclosed injury.

Pokrajac (24-8) has won two fights in a row. During his most recent outing, he registered a first-round knockout of Krzysztof Soszynski at UFC 140 in December.

Franklin McNeil covers mixed martial arts and boxing for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Franklin_McNeil.

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