Following his unanimous decision loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 99 last June, his fifth loss in six tries, Silva went under the knife to improve his fighting situation. The first of two major procedures had doctors shaving down the bone surrounding his eyes to help prevent cutting.
The former PrideFC 205-pound champ also had his nose straightened to aid his breathing, something that should go a long way in assisting him in the later rounds.
“The surgery I make because I broke my nose a lot of times before,” Silva told Sherdog.com. “I reconstruct my nose because before I don’t sleep very well. Now, I sleep better and my recovery’s better. I feel great. My cardio is better now and I’m ready to fight (again).”
The new and improved Silva simply hopes to return to his old ways when he meets Michael Bisping inside the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. He believes the recent surgical improvements and lighter weight class will prolong his illustrious career, which already reads 32-10-1.
“I feel so great,” the 33-year-old stated. “I feel fast. My timing is better. I think I’m going to have a great performance in the division.
“For this fight, I trained a lot of wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and Muay Thai. I’m going to try and use it now.”