The UFC on Fuel TV 10 fight card slated for June 8 in Fortaleza, Brazil, has undergone a bout change.
High, who lost his UFC debut to Charlie Brenneman in 2010, has since gone on to rattle off seven wins in a row, including three under the Strikeforce banner.
Originally slated to meet Yuri Alcantara on the UFC on Fuel TV 10 card, High now finds himself upgraded to a main card showcase against a hometown favorite in Silva.
Conversely, Silva is coming off a devastating loss to perennial Top 10 welterweight Jon Fitch in a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 153 in October 2012.
With Silva originally planning to face Hathaway, the 28-year-old Team Nogueira product had his sights set on a rather predictable stand-up artist. With High, however, Silva now finds himself smack dab in middle of the cage with a Midwest wrestler known for his propensity for grinding foes down.
With more than ample time to prepare until their June 8 bout, there should be plenty of opportunity for both fighters to adjust.
The UFC on Fuel TV 10 fight card features a main event between TUF: Brazil 2 coaches Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and marks the finale of the second season of the wildly popular reality show in South America’s largest country.