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Future Bookings News: Evans/Silva at UFC 108, Nogueira to Get Lesnar/Carwin Winner?

(‘Tell your friend he’s next! Well, I guess he’s just right over there. You know what, don’t worry about it. I’ll tell him myself.’)

With “Rampage” Jackson running off to play a mohawk-less B.A. Baracus in the “A-Team” movie, the MMA world was left wondering whether Rashad Evans would get a replacement opponent, or if he would just have to go out there on his own and entertain the crowd with fifteen minutes of stand-up about how different the Catholic church would be if the pope was black.  Thankfully, that seems like it won’t be necessary, as both Evans and Thiago Silva have reportedly verbally agreed to meet at UFC 108 in January. 

Obviously this isn’t as satisfying as the fight between Evans and Jackson would have been after a long season of reality TV trash talk.  But at least there’s something resembling an interesting angle, what with Silva knocking out Evans’ teammate, Keith Jardine at UFC 102 and both Silva and Evans suffering knockout losses to Lyoto Machida.  Think of this as a fight to determine who still stands a chance at getting another turn on the Machida karate beatdown-go-round.

In other bookings news/rumors…

Following his surprising victory over Randy Couture at UFC 102, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is reportedly expected to get a heavyweight title fight with the winner of the Brock Lesnar/Shane Carwin bout in November.  The good news for Big Nog is that, preparation-wise, it really doesn’t matter too much who wins that one.  Both are bigger, stronger wrestlers who would looke to overpower him and cave in his long-suffering skull with the cartoon mallets that they call fists.

Does this mean we’ll see the old Nogueira who built a reputation in Pride for being able to take a tremendous beating before pulling a submission out of nowhere?  Or have those beatings finally caught up with him?  We just might get the chance to find out, though by the end of it we might wish we hadn’t.

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Momoplata- October 2, 2009 at 5:38 pm
lol not ridiculous at all
old nog vs shamrock when ever would be ridiculous but they are both done...nog has nothin people think he is good cause he beat couture...hes what like 45 years old
nog almost goes out after ever punch these days ...probably from all the beatings he took in all his other fights :\ lol
ok ill give u that hes not as done as shamrock but ya...hes done
Nippletwist- October 2, 2009 at 1:31 pm
ya silva and evans makes perfect sense, they've both only lost one time and it was to the king of their division. and rampage really deserves a title shot anyway, i'd rather just see him fight machida, and see these 2 go at it in the meantime.
Frank Mur- October 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm
I just want to see someone get KTFO'ed. I haven't seen a decent fight since TUF 10 "Fat people and Athsmatics" started! I'm starting to wear out the DVR.
Stash- October 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm
I think if Cain Velasquez wins his fight, he is more deserving of a title shot. Also I believe it would be a more exciting fight.
Smitty- October 2, 2009 at 11:16 am
The Silva, Evans matchup is actually a pretty good one. I give the edge in standup to Evans, and the edge on the ground to Silva (BJJ wise that is). Evans is a great wrestler so, he may be able to keep the fight from going to the ground, but Silva is no slouch on his feet either. I don't know who will win, but I'll def be watching!
fACE7biter- October 2, 2009 at 10:55 am
The Evans Vs. Silva fight def makes the most sense right now. I can see the winner of Tito/Coleman taking on the winner of Evans/Silva, with the winner facing Machida. This way, there's a chance for that big rematch with Tito.

As for Nog, shouldn't Cain be up for the next title shot if he beats Rothwell? He was taken out of a rumored #1 contender match with Carwin, that should put him next in line if he wins.
Jeff Gazer- October 2, 2009 at 10:45 am
Rashad gets knocked out again. You heard it here first.
EDoggFunkMonk- October 2, 2009 at 10:43 am
I wanted Rampage to knock Rashad into obscurity. Now Silva will get the credit for destroying Rashad "Cow Utters" Evans.
portland mma- October 2, 2009 at 10:35 am
reddog there is no way Nog would fight Dos Santos he's his fucking protege and Brazilian's who train together rarely if ever fight.

Also comparing Nog to Shamrock is ridiculous at best, get a fucking clue man.
clutchy hopkins- October 2, 2009 at 10:29 am
yeah, fuck off reddog thats wack. just cause its the internet doesnt mean you can be disgusting to try and make a couple of douchebags laugh.

and a "surprising" victory over couture? how the fuck is that surprising hahahah it was an even fight, even on paper.
terrence- October 2, 2009 at 10:22 am
LOL...I don't foresee you winning any T-shirts or movies with that comment, but I laughed and I hope that's enough for you.
Koeikan- October 2, 2009 at 10:14 am
@reddog: Harsh (Clifton).

I would *LOOOVE* to see Nog beat the winner of the Lesnar/Carwin fight...but both of them make me worry about Nog's health. Another Sapp reenactment can't be good for him.
reddog- October 2, 2009 at 10:11 am
Ken cant fight for a while. He got caught with roids when he fought Ross "heart dont fail me now" clifton. I think he has a one year suspension.

Nog just beat couture, not a small task by any means. He is not on Brocks level anymore. He should fight the winner of Cain/Rothwell. Or Dos Santos. It seems like everyone needs a few more wins before confronting the Brock Machine.

If by some miracle Carwin is victorious, give him any of those three next...nog, cain, dos santos
One Two- October 2, 2009 at 10:08 am
hell yeah! bout time they give Nog his belt!!!!
rh- October 2, 2009 at 9:56 am
On B.A. Baracus/Mr. T,

foo, don' wanna hear no jibbjabba bout no Mohawk. Mohawk's n Indian, this is a Mandinka, for an African warrior.

Momoplata- October 2, 2009 at 9:49 am
Nog needs to retire
hes just a stepping stone these days...

i propose...
GEE-yuh-TEEN- October 2, 2009 at 9:49 am
I just thought of this: Rampage is retired from fighting. But Rampage is not a person, it's a nickname. Maybe he'll exclusively fight as B.A. Baracus in the future...
Teehee McPeepee- October 2, 2009 at 9:39 am
Nog vs. Lesnar should be a good 45 second fight.
thatswhatsup- October 2, 2009 at 9:37 am
omunto- October 2, 2009 at 9:34 am
If Nog shows up like he did againt Mir and Colture then he's in trouble. Way too slow for either Carwin or Brock. This guy needs to stick to fan favorite superfights that lead nowhere like the Colture fight was.
steampunk22- October 2, 2009 at 9:30 am
Glad the Silva/Evans is now confirmed. A shot for Big Nog is deserved, he's got one more in him but probably not much more. He looked in good form against Couture, much bigger too, possible bulking up preemptively for the shot?
imakeutap- October 2, 2009 at 9:29 am
for the love of mma- October 2, 2009 at 9:24 am
good fights!!!!