Thiago Silva Withdraws from UFC Fight Night 35 Co-Main Event

November 21, 2013
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Thiago Silva at UFC 108Almost as quickly as it was announced, the UFC has had to retract the UFC Fight Night 35 co-main event bout between Thiago Silva and Ovince St. Preux.

UFC officials announced the bout on Wednesday night, but less than 24 hours later revealed that Silva is now out of the fight. They gave no explanation for Silva’s withdrawal.

After a rough 2012 that saw Silva (16-3, 2 NC) lose to Alexander Gustafsson and have a submission win over Stanislov Nedkov overtuned after testing positive for marijuana, Silva has put together back-to-back wins.

He knocked out Rafael Cavalcante in June and soundly defeated Matt Hamill in his last outing on Oct. 9.

St. Preux (11-5) is riding a three-fight winning streak, knocking out Cody Donovan in his last fight on Aug. 17. The 30-year-old has only lost once since 2010 and has an 11-1 record in his last twelve outings.

With the event more than two months away, it is likely that UFC officials will be able to secure a replacement and keep St. Preux on the card.

UFC Fight Night 35 takes place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., on Jan. 15. The event is headlined by a middleweight match-up between former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold and Constantinos “Costa” Philippou.

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  • ThiagoPotHeadSilva

    LOL Thiago must have something in his system and won’t be able to get it out in 2 months. He should be fired, period! Same goes for Thiago Alves. This bowing out of bouts is ridiculous with these two. They’re not top fighters anymore anyway.

    • ♞ Castle Bravo ♞

      It’s pretty easy to get just about anything out of your system in two months… it could be for a multitude of other issues – no reason to spread bullshit on this one.

    • Chicago

      There is not a drug on this planet that will show up in a urine test if you have been clean for 8 weeks. not even steroids.

    • Mr Pete

      Yeah, he cant get the fat off his gut in 2 month, btw you can flush roids out in two weeks, easy

  • TheCerealKiller

    “soundly defeated Matt Hamill ” It was one of the worst fights I ever suffered though! It was hard to pick a “winner” of that fight.

    • Dragon Kid

      rampage vs matt hamill was pretty bad as well with the no.1 contendership on the line.

  • Milosc

    The guy had serious back problems his last fight, with an obvious band of inactivity lower torso, and only won because he was so much better than his opponent

    Let the guy heal. Instead of blaming a fighter for making personal business decisions, with his own life, I think the UFC/MMA News machine just pre-ejaculated

  • I really hope Thiago gets himself healed up this guy is a beast. That fight with Hamill was horrible but he stayed in there and pulled off the win. Good thing he wasn’t in there with Phil Davis. I would really like Silva to fight Glover Tex.