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Rashad Evans May (Or May Not) Rematch Rampage Jackson at UFC 130, Due to Thiago Silva’s (Allegedly) Failed Steroid Test

(If you look at the changes in Thiago Silva’s body shape over the years, you do have to wonder…)

Could Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson settle their continuing feud with a formal rematch when Sugar’s knee is healthy again? Is Thiago Silva about to get busted for steroids? There’s a ton of conflicting information surrounding these related stories, so we’ll just pass along what we’ve heard…

- MMAWeekly was the first to report that UFC light-heavyweight contender Thiago Silva has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled match against Quinton Jackson at UFC 130 (May 28, Las Vegas). “Sources close to the bout” confirmed that Rashad Evans will be stepping in for the Pitbull — meaning that Evans’s first opponent since outpointing Quinton Jackson last May will be…Quinton Jackson, once again.

- However, Thiago Silva himself denied the report to Tatame, saying “I’m very healthy and looking forward to fight Rampage…Nobody called us about anything, the fight is on.” Quinton Jackson’s camp was also surprised by the report, and according to Rashad Evans’s manager, Evans hasn’t been offered the fight either.

At this point, you’d think maybe the UFC just changed their minds about Thiago vs. Rampage, and swapped the matchup with Rashad vs. Rampage 2 in light of Rashad’s recent availability and the personal rivalry between the two fighters. Well, it gets weirder…

- A follow-up report from MMA Junkie insists that Silva could be pulled from UFC 130. Though the reason for Silva’s potential withdrawal is still unknown, they’re floating a juice-y theory:

Of significant potential interest, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to release the drug screens from the night of Silva’s most recent fight, a UFC 125 win over Brandon Vera that took place Jan. 1 in Las Vegas.

Nevada State Athletic Commision executive director Keith Kizer confirmed with MMAjunkie.com that the commission is still investigating at least one sample from the event. While Kizer could not confirm whether or not one of those samples belonged to Silva, the NSAC executive did confirm that Silva was among the UFC 125 fighters who submitted a pre-fight screen.

Uh-oh. As our steroid bust timeline could tell you, MMA fighters have occasionally turned to steroids to recover from injuries, and Silva’s nagging back problems have been well-documented. We’ll update you when we know more…

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StinkFacer- February 10, 2011 at 9:54 pm
ok....two fails. One....this new comment setup. It'll be gone soon I hope. Two....the article saying Bones vs Silva....

the kids good, going to be great....but are you fucking kidding me?
TUF Guy- February 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm
FUCK THESE WIMPS^^
curt sample- February 10, 2011 at 10:16 am
FUCK THESE DUMBASSES ^^
CAPSLOCKHAL- February 10, 2011 at 9:21 am
Can't we all just get along?
thisredengine- February 10, 2011 at 7:34 am
did someone say CAPSLOCKHAL?
the glza- February 10, 2011 at 6:26 am
are you kidding me, rwilsonr? i'd LOVE to see gus johnson in the tournament so he can see what "sometimes happens in MMA" for real!
Seoul Brother- February 10, 2011 at 5:58 am
Get this shit ironed out most riki-tik before someone logs on as CAPSLOCKHAL.
RwilsonR- February 10, 2011 at 5:14 am
I think this whole CP webserver changeover is just one big conspiracy concocted by Scott Coker so that all of our negative comments will mysteriously disappear this weekend after Fedor drops out at the last minute and is replaced by Gus Johnson (because, you know, he trains).
RwilsonR- February 10, 2011 at 5:07 am
Now I guess MRuss won't be the only one messing with people's names.
Turd Furgeson- February 10, 2011 at 5:02 am
So all the comments are gone from every article? How are y'all gonna do comments of the every other month now?
Armfarmer- February 10, 2011 at 4:58 am
kingzipperhed: "how are we supposed to bash each other????"

Like this (points at next comment)
AussieJosh- February 10, 2011 at 4:27 am
Its ok Cage I will Always be by your side......FUCK SHERDOG!!!
RwilsonR- February 10, 2011 at 4:08 am
This kind of thing never would have happened when Fowlkes was here!
AndullMyRiddum- February 10, 2011 at 3:29 am
fuckin twilight zone in here.
kingzipperhed- February 10, 2011 at 2:40 am
ben dude i posted as rex 13 wtf im everybody and nobody all at once??!!?
KarmaAteMyTechnique- February 10, 2011 at 2:38 am
I heard a rumour Elvis is still alive...
Realist- February 10, 2011 at 2:31 am
War Silva! the guy used to be a monster, hopefully we see him fight like one again.
heyjd- February 10, 2011 at 1:47 am
awaiting moderation? i swear to god i will stop coming to cage potato if they are gonna actually not let us have the freedom to post whatever we want
heyjd- February 10, 2011 at 1:45 am
bonerman testing
sevvi- February 10, 2011 at 12:41 am
“Sources close to the bout” confirmed that Rashad Evans will be stepping in for the Pitbull"


So Rashad will move to welterweight? =)
RwilsonR- February 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm
I'm trying to pardon it, but your dust fucking sucks!!!
JWM- February 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm
I would really like to see Rampage avenge his loss against Rashad. You know for all of the black rednecks across the country.
Mike- February 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm
Dude, thiago silva is not the pitbull, thiago alves is. Nice article....
bgoldstein- February 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Bear with us, we're still figuring out the comment bugs. Right now, I have to approve all your comments by hand...and I'm not going to do that again tonight. So sit tight, we'll try to sort this out tomorrow. -BG
kingzipperhed- February 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm
awaiting moderation??????????? how longs that take??? how are we supposed to bash each other???? bash bloody elbow and rex cuz we r all jealous of him??? make fun of rashads stanky leg??? HOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this better be just cuz of the switch over frowny face >:(
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