Thiago Silva was recently removed from a fight with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson after rumors emerged that he may have failed a drugs test following UFC 125 on January 1st.
One interested onlooker to this situation is the man who he defeated that night, Brandon Vera who was released from the UFC afterwards.
In a new interview with Heavy.com, Vera says he’s got, “no idea” what’s going on, but admits that, “If he does test positive for some kind of strength enhancing substance, it would make me feel a little bit better about myself.”
And according to Vera, on the night he felt like the Brazilian was unusually strong.
“I roll with Phil Davis, I roll with Travis Browne. I roll with Junior dos Santos,” Vera says. “I roll with the Nogueira brothers. When I’m in the half guard underneath somebody and I have their leg, and my other leg’s half-cocked up on their arm pit, I can rock people back and forth. I can rock you and either stand back up or get the sweep.
“I remember when I was underneath him and I was pushing him back and forth. I was thinking, ‘What the hell? Why is this guy so damn strong?’ And I remember thinking during the fight, ‘Yo, I gotta start lifting weights again.’ He was one of, if not the strongest dudes I ever rolled with in my life. Strong b******.”
Of course there’s no official word yet, and Silva may yet be cleared of any wrong-doing, but if it is proven then Vera makes it clear that he’s going to be looking for revenge.
“There’s stuff I want to say about you, Thiago,” Vera said. “You know, I’m glad you were happy winning the way you were. It’s cool, man. It’s cool. If this thing comes back and you did do whatever you did and I make it back to the UFC, on your welcoming back party, I want to make sure I’m the one you get to fight.”
For the time being however, Vera reveals that he’s going on a cross country trip and visit various different gyms to freshen things up and add to his overall game.
As for where he’ll be fighting next, he’s keeping his cards close to his chest for now, simply saying that he can’t talk about it yet.