Thiago Silva hasn't stepped into the octagon in over 15 months due to a suspension, and he's itching to fight. His next opponent has been switched up a couple of times, and now he's facing Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC on Fuel 2 in Sweden. He spoke to Sherdog about his comeback:
"I haven’t fought, but I didn’t stop [training]. I am 100 percent in full swing. I'm very excited; the anticipation is huge to fight again. I'm too hungry for a fight," he said.
"The hardest part was that I couldn't fight," he said. "I love what I do -- love to fight -- and to be prevented from doing what I like was very difficult for me. Now it's back giving my best and showing what I know."
Silva also had some unkind words for Brandon Vera, the man he beat at UFC 125 before the bout was changed to a no-contest due to his suspension:
"For me there is not much to change, but I actually wanted to get Brandon Vera because he talked a lot of nonsense," Silva said. "He took a beating like a little girl and was crying afterwards. I think [this time] he broke a nail, so he couldn't fight. They offered the Croatian [Prokrajac], then Nogueira was hurt -- I don't choose my opponents, so I accepted [the fight with Gustafsson]. I'm happy to be in the main fight of the night, and I will show why I should be there."
"For me, Jon Jones is the guy to beat in the weight division. Rashad is a great fighter, but I don't particularly like his style. I think he is limited and lacks the technique of Jones. He (Jones) will keep the belt," Silva said.
Silva, who has just one win in the last three years, desperately needs a victory over Gustafsson to keep his title hopes alive. Either way though, you can bet that the Vera rematch will happen sometime down the road.