by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
With UFC 117 just over a week away, Thiago Silva has been forced to drop out of his scheduled fight against Tim Boetsch on the card due to injury.
The news of Silva’s removal from the card was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the situation on Tuesday.
The Brazilian was returning to action for the first time since losing a decision to Rashad Evans in January. Silva has gone 5-2 during his time with the UFC, and it looks like he’ll have to wait a little bit longer to try for win number six.
The nature of the injury to Silva was not disclosed, but the American Top Team fighter has had back issues in the past that have hindered his training.
As for his opponent, Tim Boetsch, there’s been no word yet on if the UFC will be able to procure a replacement on such late notice or not. The “Barbarian” was making his return to the Octagon after a brief exit from the promotion in 2009.
Boetsch has gone 3-0 since that time, with three stoppages inside the distance to earn another shot in the UFC.
MMAWeekly.com will have more information about Boetsch’s place on the card when it becomes available.