American Top Team light heavyweight Thiago Silva put rumor to rest this week by stating he will make his official return to the Octagon at UFC 125 against Brandon Vera after a yearlong absence from the UFC’s famous eight-sided cage. Silva, who withdrew from a scheduled bout against Tim Boetsch last month for injury-related reasons, last competed at 2010’s New Year’s Eve Weekend event, UFC 108, against Rashad Evans in a bout he ultimately lost by unanimous decision.
The 14-2 Brazilian’s comments came in a brief conversation with Tatame where Silva also mentioned he hasn’t fully recovered from a back injury previously mentioned as having caused him to lose movement in one of his legs.
“The contract’s here, I’ll sign it tomorrow,” said Silva of the upcoming bout with Vera. “I think it’s a good fight, the two of us like to bang and it seems it’ll be a great fight. I’m anxious for this fight…He won’t be like trying to grab me all the time – we’ll trade a lot of punches.”
As far as his health, Silva elaborated on the situation and expressed confidence he would be at 100% for the January 1st event. “There’s plenty time and I still have to fix my spine. I’m doing treatment for it. It’ll take a month so I can go back to the trainings, but now I just have to wait (to) fight again,” he explained.
In addition to Silva’s clash with Vera, also rumored for the Las Vegas show is a headlining match-up between middleweight champ Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen.