With Antonio Rogerio Nogueira forced to withdraw from a main event matchup against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fuel TV 2 due to a knee injury, fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva will step in to face the rising Swedish star on his home turf.
Gustafsson has developed a reputation as a dangerous finisher, with only one of his thirteen victories lasting to a decision, but in Silva (14-2 1 NC) he will face an opponent with similar credentials, as only a single one of Silva's fourteen wins has been decided by the judges.
Silva has come close to title contention on a couple of occasions, in fights he dropped to Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida, but his career hit a low point in January of 2011 when he tested positive for steroid use after a fight with Brandon Vera at UFC 125. Silva was supposed to face Vera in a rematch in May, but Vera was forced to withdraw from that fight due to injury.
Silva served a one-year suspension due to his positive drug test, and his fight with Gustafsson will be the first since his return in a fight that is likley to prove a turning point for two men who have been viewed as some of the most promising young fighters in their division.