We haven't seen Thiago Silva in a UFC cage since UFC 125, way back in January of 2011.
You probably remember the night. Silva abused Brandon Vera for a full 15 minutes, thrashing him around the cage with ease. He even played the bongos on Vera's back, which really only served to humiliate Vera. The emphatic win sent Vera packing from the UFC, albeit only for a brief moment.
But it was Silva who was humiliated after the fight, when it was revealed that the urine sample Silva submitted to Nevada regulators contained a liquid not consistent with human urine. Yes, big bad Thiago Silva used a Whizzinator in an attempt to throw the NSAC for a loop.
The win over Vera was deemed a no-contest and Silva was suspended for one year.
Silva confessed his crime, did the time and now he's returning on Saturday night against Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC on FUEL 2. He spoke to MMAjunkie.com in Sweden about his return to the cage:
"It's been a hard time, but I used the time off to take care of my body and take care of my injuries and recover," he today told MMAjunkie.com. "I'm much better right now because I'm 100 percent healthy. And that's the most important thing."
I've always enjoyed Thiago Silva's fights. Even when they're boring as hell, he just has a menace about him that makes you think he could kill his opponent at any given moment. He faces a stern test in Gustafsson, but one thing's for sure: It's going to be one hell of a fight.