Thiago Silva pulls out of UFC 131; Rashad Evans steps in (update)Posted on February 9, 2011, 12:02 PM by Daniel Cassidy
In breaking news, UFC Light Heavyweight Thiago Silva has pulled out of his UFC 130 bout with Rampage Jackson, with Rashad Evans set to step in. While no details are available yet of Silva's injury, it is believed to be serious enough that it will prevent him from competing in his scheduled bout with Rampage, which was originally set for May 28th in Las Vegas.
Rashad Evans recently slipped out of title contention with a small injury that will prevent him from facing Lightheavyweight Champion Shogun Rua on March 19th, believed to be caused in training. "Suga" stepped aside rather than have the fight postponed, allowing Team Jackson team mate Jon Jones to step into place. With a rematch with Rampage not until May 28th, it gives Evans plenty of time to recover from his injury.
Both fighters last met in what was Rashad's most recent UFC fight, back at UFC 114. Evans had chose to sit out and wait for the title shot he earned with the win over Jackson, which ultimately backfired on him. An official is expected in the coming days.
Source: MMA WEEKLY
Interesting, things aren't as straight forward as they at first appeared, when approached by TATAME, Thiago Silva claimed to know nothing about any injury:
"Injured? Me? I’m very healthy and looking forward to fighting Rampage. That’s not true."
Head of American Top Team, Conan Silveira, aslo added:
"Nobody called us about anything, the fight is on"
Fighters Only later contacted the Wolfslair Gym, who also knew nothing of the switch. When asked via twitter, Rashad Evans manager, Malki Kawi, said no fight had been offered to his client against Rampage Jackson. The magazine later confirmed that following the release of UFC 125 drug test results, all but one of the drug tests had come back clean, with one still under investigation. This lead to speculation that Silva may have possibly failed a drug test, however nothing has been made official yet, and as a result, remains just speculation for now.
According to MMA JUNKIE now, several sources have confirmed to them that talks on a possible rematch between Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans are now at the preliminary stages.
Stay tuned to this one folks, there will no doubt be more to follow!