UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva will make a return to the Octagon a bit sooner than expected after Antonio Rogerio Nogueira suffered a knee injury in training and was replaced by the Brazilian in his April 14 fight with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fuel 2 in Sweden. Silva was originally scheduled to scrap with Igor Pokrajac a month later at UFC on Fuel 3 but has been out of action for more than a year and was no doubt itching to fight again as soon as possible.
News of the switch was confirmed earlier today by the UFC.
Silva’s time on the sidelines stemmed from his submission of doctored urine relating to a January 2011 fight against Brandon Vera. The 29-year old then came forward to reveal he’d used steroids prior to the bout to help him heal from a back injury and could not afford to withdraw after being out for the previous twelve months due to health-related reasons. He holds an overall record of 14-2 including past victories over Houston Alexander and Keith Jardine.
UFC on Fuel 2 will also feature match-ups including Diego Nunes vs. Dennis Siver and Brian Stann vs. Alessio Sakara.
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