Before bringing out the bongos, Thiago Silva mauled Brandon Vera for a while. Photo by Scott Petersen for MMAWeekly.
The scheduled main event of the UFC on Fuel 2 card to be held in Stockholm, Sweden on April 14th had a switcheroo, as the UFC officially announced today:
Following a knee injury suffered in training for his April 14th bout against Alexander Gustafsson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has been forced to withdraw from the UFC on FUEL TV main event in Stockholm, Sweden. Stepping in for Lil' Nog will be another hard-hitting Brazilian, Thiago Silva, who is returning to the Octagon for the first time since January of 2011.
Thiago Silva will return to the cage for the first time since being suspended for using a banned substance that was detected by a urine test after his fight against Brandon Vera at UFC 125. The victory-at-the-time was converted to a No Contest and Silva was suspended for a full year.
The replacement fighter here is actually fairly decent, despite the long lay off. The main event should remain competitive, as well as being a litmus test for the standing of either light heavyweight in the shuffle caused by the losses of Phil Davis and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.