There have been recent reports and rumors circulating in regards to Thiago Silva being forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 130 match up with Rampage Jackson with a replacement fighter being marked as Rashad Evans for the bout.
It appears that while Quinton “Rampage” Jackson won’t get a title shot, he will get a second fight against a former champion.
Sources have indicated that Thiago Silva has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight at UFC 130, and will be replaced by former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans due to an injury.
Evans was just forced out of his UFC 128 bout against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua due to a knee sprain suffered in training. The Team Jackson fighter wasn’t seriously injured, and was already hoping to be back as early as May. It looks like he’ll get his wish.
Neither Evan’s co-manager Malki Kawa or Jackson’s representatives could be reached for comment, but sources close to the bout confirmed that it will be Evans that steps into the UFC 130 fight.