"I don't consider myself a violent person. A violent person to me is someone who fights or kills another person for something stupid without thinking of the repercussions of their actions. I have seen it and I don't want any part of it. Fighting in the Octagon to me is everything: two men in, one man out. Fighting is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenge between two men, and only the man who is stronger in all of these areas will win. I was meant for this because I'm fighting for my livelihood and my family, and I love the challenges this sport offers. It is unlike any other."
-- Thiago Silva speaks to Tapology about what it's like to get in the cage and go toe-to-toe with another man, and although 11 of his 14 career wins have come via knockout (some brutal), he doesn't consider himself to be a violent person. No, the Brazilian banger is just trying to challenge himself while making enough money to take care of his family. Right now, Brandon Vera is standing in the way of that. The two will hook-em-up at UFC 125 on Jan. 1 in Las Vegas in what could be a do or die situation for "The Truth." Who's hoping for plenty of (controlled) violence in this one?