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Thiago Silva Off UFC 117, Phil Baroni Off UFC 118 (Update)

A pair of injuries has forced two notable fighters off the UFC’s August pay-per-view cards.

According to multiple reports, Thiago Silva’s back has betrayed him again, forcing him to pull out of his UFC 117 fight against Tim Boetsch.

Thiago Silva (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) reinjured his back and is unable to fight Tim Boetsch (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 117.

Multiple sources close to the event today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Silva is benched and that a search for a replacement opponent is underway.

Word is Todd Brown will be stepping in for Silva.

UFC 118 also lost a fighter due to injury. MMA Fighting is reporting that Phil Baroni has somehow injured his collarbone and won’t be able to fight John Salter. Baroni isn’t taking it too well, as seen on his Twitter feed:

I cant take it anymore. Im freaking out. anxiety im shot. beaten.

Despite his apparent mental struggles with the injury, Baroni’s manager, Ken Pavia, says it’s only a “minor injury” and won’t be a “long-term problem.” Baroni will fight on a fall UFC card. The UFC is currently searching for a replacement to fight John Salter.

Image via Sherdog

Update: Dan Miller replaces Phil Baroni at UFC 118.

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