Silva bought himself a little faith by blasting Rafael Cavalcante into orbit earlier this year. However, the fantastic finish of “Feijao” doesn’t erase the quartet of clashes leading up to the effort. After two wins, Silva failed drug tests (steroids, marijuana) and he saw each result changed to a “No Contest”, while he was beaten convincingly in his other two tilts. Though the stumbles came against excellent opposition, it’s foolish to think he’s endeared himself to the point he can afford a 1-3 mark in four official fights on top of getting popped twice for banned substances.
Stakes are already high entering any fight, especially when it comes to action inside the Octagon. In addition to a solid chunk of cash being up for grabs, there are other factors to consider as well in terms of the need to avoid injury and the impact a performance might have when it comes to continued employment in the organization. When it comes to the latter, there are definitely more than a few fighters set for UFC Fight Night 29 who are in a precarious position where victory may very well be the only way to avoid release. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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