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Thiago Silva Injured, Replacement Sought for Shogun Rua at UFC 149

Posted on by Damon Martin


Back injuries have been the plague of Thiago Silva‘s career over the last few years, and it’s happened to him once again.

The Brazilian member of American Top Team has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 149 due to an aggravated back injury.

Sources close to the fighter confirmed the injury to MMAWeekly.com on Friday. MMAJunkie.com first reported Silva’s removal from the card.

The last couple of years have been particularly rough on Silva with some of those issues being related to his back and some self-inflicted.

After a year long layoff due to submitting a falsified drug test to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Silva returned in April but lost a unanimous decision to Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC on Fuel 2.

Now he will go back on the shelf and await his back injury to heal again and hopefully return healthy later in 2012.

As for Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, the initial report from MMAJunkie.com also stated that UFC President Dana White was seeking a fight between the former champion and Glover Teixeira but as of right now the bout has not been confirmed by either camp.


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  • bajafox

    Both Thiagos injured on the same card

  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Cung Le.

    I rather see that than the Cote fight.

  • phrankthetank

    Apparently they offered him glover and his camp said no chance, they want nothing to do with that beast.

    • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

      Tatame talked to Rua (or his camp) and says that rumor is false.

  • RubeKegal

    Someone tell this guy to do some f’in lower ab work!! His core is weak as hell, his abs are shit too.

  • jasondecipher

    Shogun needs to fight big names at this point in his career. He has nothing to gain from fighting these lesser not even top 10 fighters. Thiago Silva would have been a good match up though. I like him against Rashad, Gustafson, Davis, Rogerio. If Shogun wins definitively against 2 of these guys he woll have a strong case for challenging once again for the LH title

  • KingSlaughter

    i didnt wanna see this fight anyway…shogun vs gusstafson!!!! make it happen

  • MikeMc1983

    I know they’ve been whineing about eachother, but I haven’t heard that rampage was released. He has 1 more fight on his contract, and this is the fight he’s been asking for. Rampage vs. shogun.
    Now let’s see if my crystal ball is working.

  • dez

    Shogun was supposed to fight Jackson originally, but Jackson pulled out to have knee surgery. I’d like to see Evans take the bout.