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Rashad Evans Looks Toward Thiago Silva for Post-TUF Replacement Fight

(And the circle of life continues…)

Following Quinton Jackson‘s Baracus-related retirement, we began wondering what would be next for odd-man-out Rashad Evans. Well, he already has a fight in mind, and it sounds as good as any other. According to MMA Fanhouse, Evans could be fighting Thiago Silva sometime this winter. Said Sugar:

"Thiago Silva is a good fighter, I’d like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me. When I saw him after he fought Keith Jardine, he kind of gave me a nasty look that I interpreted like he wanted to take me on, and I’d like that…He’s a great striker, and I love his focus. He’s going to be a challenge, and that’s the kind of fight I want."

If Evans can’t avenge Keith Jardine’s UFC 96 loss to Rampage, avenging Jardine’s subsequent loss to Thiago Silva at UFC 102 would be the next best thing. Of course, Evans and Silva are also united by their knockout losses to Lyoto Machida, which remain the only defeats on their 15-fight records. We’d imagine it would take a solid win streak for the UFC to set either of them up with a rematch, but the winner of a potential Evans vs. T. Silva match would take a big step back up the ladder.

Evans also responded to the reports that he recently turned down a fight against Randy Couture:

"That was a match-up that I didn’t think was good for me. He’s 46 years old and coming off back-to-back losses as a heavyweight, and I feel like beating him wouldn’t move me up the rankings as a light heavyweight. Plus I would have had to take that fight on short notice, in England, and it felt like I’m being punished because Rampage took a movie…What I loved about the Rampage fight was if I won it I would get the next title shot. I want to go get my belt."

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LargeMidget- September 25, 2009 at 7:57 am
Thiago is a bad dude. But so is Rashad... With Rampage out of the picture, I think Thiago Silva vs. Sugar Rashad is the best #1 contender match that can be made.

It'd be a hell of a good fight too. Not a main event, but certainly a sweet main card feature.
Lysol- September 24, 2009 at 9:26 pm

cagefighter = Most annoying post ever
cagefighter- September 24, 2009 at 9:07 pm
Machida > T. Silva

Machida > Rashad

T.Silva > K. Jardine

Rashad > K. Jardine

Rampage > K. Jardine


Rashad = T.Silva = Rampage


Rampage < Machida


Machida = King of the word


K. Jardine = Most overated fighter in the world
just some dong- September 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm
Love to see this fight happen. From a competitive standpoint, I even like this matchup better than Rashad v. Rampage. The only thing that would have been better about that fight would have been seeing 'Page get tuned up (and reading about the police-evading "rampage" that would have been sure to follow).
831 Son- September 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm
Machida > Shogun by the way.
831 Son- September 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm
Rashad better not be a fucking moron and make a fool out of himself in the octagon. His taunts look stupid and childish. He talks mad shit too. He was saying to Lyoto that he hits like a bitch yet he got fucking dropped 3 times before he said that, then he got knocked the fuck out. What an idiot. Then he goes and says his hits felt like pillows!? What a tool. Doesn't make sense whatsoever. I do think this will be a pretty good fight though, but Thiago takes the win in my opinion.
GSP for Prime Minister- September 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm
Winner of Rashad v. Thiago Silva should take on Vera..

Winner of that fight gets a title shot against Shogun (who will obviously beat Machida, which is why i said shogun and not machida)
Smitty- September 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm
Rashad vs Silva is the perfect fight.
KuJudo- September 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm
"Rampage, I'm gonna let you finish and everything, but Chuck Lidell had one of the best retirements of all time. OF ALL TIME!"
I Hate Bisping- September 24, 2009 at 2:29 pm
I like Rashad. He is so well spoken.
Fedor vs. Bas- September 24, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Actually. I take that back, at least Lyoto vs Silva looked like a battle before Silva got caught. Evans just got destroyed. I think Rampage vs Thaigo Silva is the best "#1 Contender" fight. I guess Evans will just have to go in there instead of Rampage.

Rashad will get his ass kicked my Thaigo I predict.
Fedor vs. Bas- September 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm
I think Evans vs Silva is just as good as a fight for #1 contender. LOVE IT. Bens, set it up!
virpz- September 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm
That's not ur belt anymore. face it
UncleSamsMisguidedChild- September 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm
all silva would need to do is beat rashad and then ko liddell to get his shot at ufc gold.
steampunk22- September 24, 2009 at 12:22 pm
@ Shitbag lol while you were typing someone posted before you,
Levi Jones- September 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm
does rashad wanna fight everyone that beats up keith? that's pretty noble, but also very emasculating. let keith fight his own fights!
TheSlothman- September 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm
How does 1 win against anyone get him another crack? It took more than 1 for GSP, more than 1 for Hendo and Marquart, and all of those guys are twice the fighter Rashad is.... notwithstanding the fact hes NEVER beating Machida, its all too funny. Rashad your only slightly less delusional than Rampage...
BigWill83- September 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm
That pic is a sweet one guys, looks like Machida is a mythical warrior, slaying Silva and immeadiately KO's Rashad...I will take 2 cups of MachPee, Lyoto's new energy drink
BigWill83- September 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm other news, when Chuck Liddell heard of Rampage's retirement, he was over-joyed and landed the triple pirouette for next weeks routine.
mmmiles9000- September 24, 2009 at 12:14 pm
Rashad is a trooper, and takes his job seriously at least.

I love Rampage, but he is making MMA look a little silly at the moment.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- September 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm
I don't think he will get 'his belt' back for quite awhile unless Lyoto runs out of magic piss...
ReDx- September 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm
Cant wait to see Rashad cross eyed again.
shitbag- September 24, 2009 at 11:56 am
oh, and 1st BITCHES!
shitbag- September 24, 2009 at 11:55 am