With just 11 days until the curtain is drawn on “UFC 117: Silva vs. Sonnen,” Thiago Silva has been forced pull out of his light heavyweight scrap against Tim Boetsch due to an undisclosed injury.
MMAWeekly.com confirmed the Brazilian’s health status with sources close to the situation on Tuesday.
The 205-pounders were scheduled to fight during the non-televised portion of the pay-per-view broadcast. There is no word on whether Octagon brass will find another foe for Boetsch or pull him from the card entirely.
While the nature of his injury was not revealed, the American Top Team fighter has had back issues in the past.
Boetsch holds a respectable 11-3 mark and was making his UFC return after losing a a convincing decision to Jason Brilz at UFC 96 in March 2009.