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10 days and Counting: UFC Returns to Prime time
Posted By Amanda Gloster On Apr 4 2012 @ 12:21 pm In UFC | 2 Comments
It’s has been almost a full 2 months since we’ve seen a televised card due to the rescheduling of UFC 145, and as much as I am enjoying TUF Brasil, I have to admit it feels like bloody, bashed up Christmas is on it’s way, and my wish list is plastered with dreams of strikes, kicks and take-towns. UFC on Fuel TV 2 is the first UFC event ever to take place in Sweden and will showcase a match up between Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black-belt Thiago Silva. Although it is not a title fight, that doesn’t mean it is not an important one. This bout marks the return of Thiago Silva from his one year suspension for falsifying a urine test following his victory over Brandon Vera on January 1, 2011.
In an interview on March 30, 2011, Silva stated “I used a urine adulterant when giving a sample following my fight with Brandon Vera. I did so in an attempt to alter the results of the test and knowingly broke the rules of the Nevada (State) Athletic Commission. This was a terrible decision on my part for which I will be punished. I am prepared to accept this punishment, learn from it and move on. I apologize to the commission, the UFC, Brandon Vera and the MMA fans.” It would seem that he is repentant of his illegal action, and is respectful of the consequences he received as a result of it. Silva has served his suspension, and it goes without saying that he really needs to come out with both guns blazing and prove himself at this event, not only to get his fighting career back on track, but to earn back the respect of his fans, UFC supporters, and one can safely assume himself as well.
With Gustafsson chasing a shot at the title, and Silva pumped to be back in the Octagon, this is a tough fight to call. Gustafsson has suffered only one defeat over his UFC career at the hands of Phil Davis, and has had a perfect record since that loss at UFC112 on April 10, 2010 and looks to be in his prime as the currently ranked #9 MMA fighter in the world by MMAWeekly. In contrast, Silva, who maintained a perfect personal record up until his loss to Lyoto Machida on January 31, 2009, has taken two losses out of his last 5 fights. Does this suggest that Silva is slowing down, or could this be due to the ongoing back problems he had during that time period?
I am not sure what to expect from the American Top Team fighter, but my instincts tell me that he might just give the Swede a run for his money. When asked about the upcoming bout, Silva said “My prediction is that I will fight hard like a true warrior. Everybody knows my style. When I step in the Octagon, I go to kill or die. I will do the same on April 14th, and I will be ten times more aggressive because this fight is very important for me.” With the kill or be killed attitude on the table, and Gustafsson ready to slowly pick him apart punch by punch, as his style, it will be interesting to see if Silva stands his ground, or ends up getting mauled.
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