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Thiago Silva: “I want to fight the best fighters of my division. It doesn’t matter who it’s gonna be.”

UFC light heavyweight Thiago Silva picked up his first win since 2009 over the weekend with a third-round submission of Stanislav Nedkov at UFC on Fuel 6. The bout also marked the first time since 2009 Silva had fought more than once in a year due to injury issues and a yearlong suspension for steroid use.

With Silva finally healthy and feeling recharged after leaving American Top Team to join the Blackzilian camp, the 29-year old finisher thinks his triumph over Nedkov is a sign of things to come in 2013 and wants to prove such as soon as possible.

“It was a hard fight. Nedkov is a tough fighter. In the second round he got me with a good punch. I really felt it. He got me on the right spot. I didn’t feel my legs for a couple seconds but I could see everything that was going on,” began Silva when asked about his encounter with the previously unbeaten Bulgarian in an interview with Fuel TV.

Silva also elaborated on the sequence of events setting up the Arm-Triangle Choke he finished Nedkov with, stating he saw a sense of defeat in his opponent’s eyes before deciding to shoot in for the takedown.

With a triumph in tow, the 15-3 Silva isn’t looking to string together a series of easy wins but rather get back into the mix by battling Top 10 foes.

“I want to fight the best fighters of my division. It doesn’t matter who it’s gonna be. I just want the tough guys,” explained Silva. “I want to be a champion one day. I want the title, and I’m working hard for it.”

The full interview with Silva can be seen below:

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