As disappointing as yesterday’s situation surrounding the cancellation of UFC 151 was, it seems the UFC had an extremely good nugget of news fall into its lap during the fallout from things albeit a bit too late. Apparently, middleweight champ Anderson Silva called UFC President Dana White after the irate executive announced the organization had axed the September 1 show and stated he would step up to fight at the event as a light heavyweight (though not against Jon Jones).

MMAFighting confirmed Silva’s offer with White who said he was both surprised and appreciative of the Brazilian’s willingness to compete on such short notice. No specific opponent was ever discussed based on the wheels already having been put in motion as far as calling off the card.

Silva, who admitted to White he wasn’t in shape to slim down to his regular fighting weight, is currently sitting on the sidelines while waiting to see how 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre fares against Carlos Condit in November in hopes of a potential super-fight between the two. He is not expected to compete again in 2012.