Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
This one's for all those people out there who don't think Thiago Silva should be given over to gatekeeping duties just yet. (I happen to believe being a gatekeeper is a compliment of sorts, but that's another discussion.)
If I had to vote right now for the 2012 comeback fighter of the year, it would have to be Brazil's Vinny Magalhaes. After being cut from the UFC, he came back up through lesser promotions and used his virtually peerless jiu-jitsu to snag an armbar submission win in his first fight back in the octagon.
As Silva showed on Saturday, he's got some pretty good jiu-jitsu of his own, even if his true calling card is his fearsome knockout blows. These men would seem to offer the other a strong test in their less-comfortable areas. The winner would take a significant step forward.