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

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 on Friday. 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 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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