On Janurary 1st, 2011 Thiago Silva battered Brandon Vera for three rounds before the referee called a stop to the bout. Vera was then released by the UFC having suffered his 3rd consecutive lost.
Thiago Silva then tested postive for an anabolic agent and was suspended for a year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. With that information, the UFC reversed their decision and brought Vera back into the UFC and has since gone 1-0.
Fast-forward a year and Thiago Silva has served his sentence and the UFC, in booking his first fight back offered him Brandon Vera, a rematch both fighters were looking for. Unfortunately Vera had to pull out of the bout, but Silva doesn't necessarily believe his story:
“I re-injured my back 45 days before the fight with Brandon Vera. After not fighting for a year, I made the decision to not pull out of the fight,” wrote Silva in a statement last April. “I also decided that the only way I could continue with the fight was to take injections in my back and spine that contained substances prohibited by the Nevada Athletic Commission. I also made the decision to use a product to hide the presence of these substances in a urine test.”
"For me there is not much to change, but I actually wanted to get Brandon Vera because he talked a lot of nonsense,” Silva said. “He took a beating like a little girl and was crying afterwards. I think [this time] he broke a nail, so he couldn't fight. They offered the Croation [Prokrajac], then Nogueira was hurt -- I don't choose my opponents, so I accepted [the fight with Gustafsson]. I'm happy to be in the main fight of the night, and I will show why I should be there."
"I haven’t fought, but I didn’t stop [training]. I am 100 percent in full swing. I'm very excited; the anticipation is huge to fight again. I'm too hungry for a fight,” he said.
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