Rashad Evans is not waiting around for Rampage Jackson.
Last week, Evans told MMA Fanhouse he wanted to take on Thiago Silva, and it looks like the UFC agreed. According to MMA Junkie, Rashad and Thiago will co-headline UFC 108 with Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the fighter that Evans and Brazilian Thiago Silva (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet in the co-main event of UFC 108.
Rashad and Thiago have never fought each other before, but they do have one thing in common. They both took early evening naps in the Octagon courtesy of current champ Lyoto Machida, which pretty much means whoever wins will be one step closer to showing the world just how good Machida is again.
In other UFC news, word on the street is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, coming off his impressive victory over Randy Couture, is next in line for a heavyweight title shot. These kind of plans don’t always pan out though, so I wouldn’t take it as set in stone in just yet. If Cain Velasquez looks like a world beater against Ben Rothwell, don’t be surprised if we wake up the next day hearing he’s getting the next title shot.
If Big Nog does in fact get the Lesnar/Carwin winner though, it’s pretty much guaranteed we’re going to see one of two things, and unfortunately for Nogueira both scenarios involve him taking a extraordinary beating. It’s merely a question of whether or not he pulls a submission out of thin air on the brink of unconsciousness.
But for argument’s sake, let’s say Big Nog wins. Would we care as much about Fedor not being in the UFC if Nogueira is the heavyweight champ instead of Brock Lesnar?