(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."