It wasn’t the light heavyweight scrap that he was expecting, but it appears that former champ Rashad Evans will be taking on Thiago Silva at UFC 108 on January 2nd inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MMAJunkie.com has confirmed with sources close to the situation that both fighters have agreed to the contest and bout contracts should be signed and submitted shortly.
Silva boasts a stellar 14-1 pro mark, with his only loss coming at the hands of the reigning champ Lyoto Machida. Silva bounced back nicely from that L against Evans’ fellow Jackson Submission Fighting teammate Keith Jardine at UFC 102 last month.
“Rashad is a former champion and a top-level fighter,” Silva previously stated. “I would love the opportunity to demonstrate that my skills are on that same level.”
Evans was initially slated to face bitter rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 107 in December, however that duel was scrapped after Rampage abruptly retired from MMA to play B.A. Baracus in the movie remake of “The A-Team.”
“Sugar” was last seen losing his strap to the aforementioned Machida at UFC 98 this past May. Since suffering the defeat, Evans signed-on to coach opposite Rampage on this season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and holds an impressive 14-1-1 record of his own.
“Thiago Silva is a good fighter; I’d like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me,” Evans told AOL FanHouse when this bout was first rumored. “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.”
It is believed that this bout will serve as the evening’s co-main event with middleweight king Anderson Silva defending his 185-pound crown against Vitor Belfort in the pay-per-view broadcast’s final contest.