UFC moves Frank Mir-Antonio Silva fight from Staples Center to Brazil

The UFC heavyweight fight between Frank Mir and Antonio Silva has been moved from Staples Center to Brazil

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Wednesday it is moving a scheduled Staples Center heavyweight fight between former champion Frank Mir and former title contender Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva to a Feb. 22 main event in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The shift was required because light-heavyweight Glover Teixeira suffered a knee injury, forcing his bout against former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans to be scrapped. It's uncertain when that bout will be rescheduled.

Mir (16-9) has twice possessed the UFC's heavyweight title. He lost it in a rematch with Brock Lesnar in 2009, and has lost two other title shots since. His May 2012 defeat to then-champion Junior Dos Santos has been followed by three other losses.

Silva (18-6) has lost three consecutive fights, starting with his May 2013 defeat to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez by first-round technical knockout.

The Feb. 28 Staples Center card offers two title fights: middleweight Chris Weidman's defense against veteran Vitor Belfort, and women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey's bout against No. 1 contender Cat Zingano.

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