It appears that while Quinton “Rampage” Jackson won’t get a title shot, he will get a second fight against a former champion.
Sources have indicated to MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday that Thiago Silva has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight at UFC 130, and will be replaced by former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.
Neither Evan’s co-manager Malki Kawa or Jackson’s representatives could be reached for comment, but sources close to the bout confirmed that it will be Evans that steps into the UFC 130 fight.
Evans was just forced out of his UFC 128 bout against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua due to a knee sprain suffered in training. The Team Jackson fighter wasn’t seriously injured, and was already hoping to be back as early as May. It looks like he’ll get his wish.
There’s no love lost between Evans and Rampage, who had an epic war of words leading up to their fight at UFC 114 in May 2010. Evans went on to win the fight by unanimous decision, but then waited for an injured Rua to return for a shot at the belt.
Unfortunately for Evans, due to the knee injury, his training partner and close friend Jon Jones will get the chance to fight for the belt instead, and he will get another shot at Jackson.
The bout between Evans and Jackson will still be a co-main event fight for the card headlined by UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar defending his belt against Gray Maynard.