UFC light heavyweight fighter Thiago Silva will be looking to rebound from a back injury and a loss to Rashad Evans when he takes on Brandon “The Truth” Vera this January at UFC 125. Silva recently spoke with Tatame.com about the match up and expressed his excitement to return to the cage.
“Everything depends on the athlete,” Silva said of the fight. “To get there really hungry for the win sometimes is not a good thing, but everyone is different. I’ll be ready, for sure, and let’s see what happens. 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, our games match. He won’t be like trying to grab me all the time, we’ll trade a lot of punches. 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 for me to fight again.”
After going 4-0 in the UFC and racking up wins over Tomasz Drwal, James Irvin, Houston Alexander and Antonio Mendes, Silva ran into future UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 94 and was knocked out in the first round. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt would rebound from that loss with a win over Keith Jardine but would again taste defeat when he returned against Rashad Evans. Evans bested Silva over three rounds using a wrestling-based attack en route to a unanimous decision win. That fight took place this past January and Silva has been out of action since with a back injury.
UFC 125 has yet to be officially announced by the UFC but is expected to take place this January 1st at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Other bouts rumored for the card are a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard as well as a middleweight title fight rematch between champion Anderson Silva and outspoken challenger Chael Sonnen.