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Thiago Silva, Phil Baroni Drop Out of Upcoming Fights Due to Injuries

(Remember, bend at the *knees* when you’re beating the crap out of Keith Jardine.)

Bad news for Team Brazil at UFC 117: Due to a back injury suffered in training, Thiago Silva has been forced to withdraw from his preliminary card matchup with Tim Boetsch. Silva had previously injured his back while preparing for his UFC 108 main event against Rashad Evans. After losing that fight by decision, the American Top Team light-heavyweight began a physical therapy program, but apparently it wasn’t enough to protect him from re-injury; no word yet on how long he could be sidelined. Stepping in to face Boetsch on 11 days notice is UFC newcomer Todd "Bulldog" Brown, who has compiled an 11-1 record in midwestern promotions. Boetsch is returning to the UFC after being cut last March, then winning three consecutive fights in smaller promotions.

Speaking of luckless s.o.b.’s, Phil Baroni is out of his UFC 118 fight with John Salter due to a collarbone injury. The fight was to mark Baroni’s return to middleweight after dropping two straight at welterweight, including a decision against Amir Sadollah at UFC 106. Baroni, who tends to get emotional on his Twitter account even in the best of times, had this to say: "I cant take it anymore. Im freaking out. anxiety im shot. beaten." Stay strong, NYBA…

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ghostboner- July 28, 2010 at 12:33 am
Poor Phil. I think I'm gonna start putting his picture on some plastic jars with coin slots in the lids and putting then at the checkout counters in gas station.
fatbellyfrank- July 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm
Shame about Thiago, thats gotta be a Boetsch for his scheduled opponent!
fatbellyfrank- July 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm
dont worry about NYBA, the fat lady aint even warmin up yet, NYBA will return better and badder than evah!
DazedNConfused- July 27, 2010 at 5:13 pm
ahh that sucks. I was looking forward to seeing a healthy Thiago Silva. He's got so much potential and if he wasn't hurt vs. Evans I think that fight would've gone quite differently.

Oh and I think a suicide watch is in need for the NYBA
agentsmith- July 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm
The collarbone story is just a cover... the real reason was Baroni collapsed due to exhaustion while walking from the weight bench to the dumbbell rack.
NocturnalRob- July 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm
With Baroni out, the event's gonna need a new name.

UFC 118: Worst Card Evah!
rearnakedchickenchoke- July 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm
Boetsch got lucky on that one. Who wants to come back from being cut to face Silva? At least he's got a better chance at winning now.
nicey- July 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm
maybe out of context its different but that looks like quite the unnecessary blow delivered right der!