UFC light heavyweight fighter Thiago Silva will be returning to action this January 1st on the main card of UFC 125 for the first in a year; the last time Silva appeared in action was at UFC 108 last January 2nd, where he lost to Rashad Evans by unanimous decision.
The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt has been forced out of action since then due to an injured back, but he will return to action in just a few days in an attempt to prove himself against talented 205-pounder Brandon Vera. Silva spoke with Safe Auto MMA recently about the fight, stating that he is feeling very good and that he doesn’t mind keeping the fight in his opponent Brandon Vera’s comfort zone: striking.
“I feel good right now, you know? Long time I don’t fight, but right now I’m very confident because I’m healthy. That’s very important for me,” Silva said.
Silva was asked whether or not he would attempt to employ his impressive ground skills against an accomplished striker in Vera (also a brown belt in BJJ) and the American Top Team product explained that he is willing to take the fight wherever it needs to go.
“It’s hard to say because everybody has a game plan, you know? I hope to keep the fight standing,” Silva said. “I don’t know about him.”
Silva shared with Safe Auto that he is itching to fight now, since it will be almost exactly a year since he last appeared in the cage.
“Right now I’m feeling very excited to fight again, long time I don’t fight,” he said. “So, that’s exciting, very exciting.”
UFC 125: Resolution goes down this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will feature a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard.