Despite an announcement to the contrary, Thiago Silva will not fight fellow light heavyweight Ryan Bader at UFC 116 on July 3 in Las Vegas, though Silva is still expected to return to action at the pay-per-view event.
“Ryan Bader, come get some! UFC 116!,” Silva today wrote on Facebook. However, Bader (11-0) will be sidelined from training for at least six weeks after recently undergoing surgery to repair a torn finger tendon suffered in his third-round knockout of Keith Jardine in February, the fourth-straight UFC win for the undefeated winner of TUF 8.
Silva (14-2) emerged as a 205-pound contender by improving to 13-0 with four-straight UFC wins, but suffered a first-round knockout to Lyoto Machida last January. After rebounding with a first-round KO of Keith Jardine in August, Silva dropped a unanimous decision to former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans in January while battling with a serious back injury, which he’s since recovered from.
UFC 116 is headlined by the return of heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar vs. interim title-holder Shane Carwin, and is expected to be co-headlined by Wanderlei Silva vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Pictured: Thiago Silva