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Rashad Evans-Thiago Silva Upgraded to Main Event “Grudge Match” For UFC 108


(Look, Dana isn’t saying that you guys have to hate each other; he’s just saying that he could understand why Thiago might be upset about some of the things Rashad may or may not have written about him on the Zuffa office’s bathroom wall.)

It’s the first rule of fight promoting, and the UFC knows it better than anyone: when life gives you staph infections, make staph infectionade.  Only, you know, don’t call it that.  After losing Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira off the UFC 108 card, and with him their main event feature attraction, the UFC has responded by pushing the Rashad Evans-Thiago Silva bout to the top spot and rebranding it a "grudge match."  They don’t go into much detail to explain the grudge part of that phrase, but we can probably assume that they’re going to be using the old ‘you beat my teammate and now I must beat you’ angle. 

In reality, Evans and Silva have expressed nothing but gentlemanly respect for one another’s skills, with the only hint of a grudge coming from Evans’ remark that Silva gave him "a nasty look" after defeating Keith JardineKen Shamrock-Tito Ortiz it ain’t, but at this point the UFC is probably just grateful to have two warm, relatively healthy bodies to put in the cage on January 2nd. 

As for Big Nog, he apologized to his fans but wisely noted "I have learned from my mistakes, and I’m not going into a fight unless I can give 100% my best performance."  Nog is currently getting medical treatment in San Diego, according to the UFC, and we wish him a speedy recovery. 

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UFC fan- November 16, 2009 at 9:17 pm
"I don't know about Thiago's wrestling but that dude is a killer on his feet. i hope he beets rashad, I just don't want to see him go another title run, especially since there's legitimate contenders this time."

maybe you want to BEET his RADISH?

or maybe you need to use spell check?
skeletor- November 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm
I don't know about Thiago's wrestling but that dude is a killer on his feet. i hope he beets rashad, I just don't want to see him go another title run, especially since there's legitimate contenders this time.

@soda Popinski,
Give Jake Rosholt a break, the man jumped out of a pool! A pool for christ's sake. Also I think he looks more like that dude Rocky dennis from Mask.
for the love of mma- November 16, 2009 at 11:44 am
not sure who to take here but im sure this wont go to a decision!!!!
Soda Popinski- November 16, 2009 at 11:15 am
UFC 112 Headliner: Chris "The Crippled" Leben vs Jake "Sloth from the Goonies" Rosholt.

not even kidding.
Sneaky Pete- November 16, 2009 at 10:59 am
LOL @ Merlin.
Merlin- November 16, 2009 at 10:48 am
M 1 called upon a Baba Yaga to cast a curse upon UFC & the health of its fighters.

But hey every bad situation has a silver lining like Brock being laid up while his back-fat matures.
GetUpAndKill- November 16, 2009 at 10:44 am
UFC main events are gay anyway...most of the good fights happen on the undercards.
BigCountrysCholesterol- November 16, 2009 at 10:36 am
Glad Nog pulled out. Watching his sickly performance against Mir should be a lesson in hubris for all who think they can shrug off major ailments. But dang if the UFC's scheduling woes have not been especially difficult lately. I am holding my breath in fear that Tito's syphilitic brain-rot will take him out of his fight with Forrest.
Oh-Mar- November 16, 2009 at 10:29 am
really looking forward to this one
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