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Rashad Evans Stepping in for Thiago Silva to Fight Rampage Jackson at UFC 130?

On Tuesday we talked about Jon Bones Jones getting a light heavyweight title shot against Shogun Rua next month. Jonny got the break when his teammate Rashad Evans got hurt, making him unable to fight on March 19th. But that doesn’t mean Evans will be out for long.

MMA Weekly reported Wednesday that Evans is likely to fight in UFC 130 against Rampage Jackson, a rematch of their UFC 114 fight last May. Rashad won that contest easily in a unanimous decision, but the public would be interested in seeing another fight between the two.

Thiago Silva is actually scheduled to fight Rampage at UFC 130 in Las Vegas, but there may be an issue with his drug test following his New Year’s fight with Brandon Vera at UFC 125. Silva’s drug test reportedly is still being processed by the New York State Athletic Commission while all other fighters’ tests have been cleared.

It seems quite possible that Silva may be punished for a positive test, and Evans will be his replacement at UFC 130. If that is the case, then all the constant maneuvering would make plenty of sense.

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UPDATE: It appears as if Rampage will be fighting Matt Hamill at UFC 130.