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Rashad Evans will face Thiago Silva in January


Justin M. Bowen

UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans answers reporters questions during the UFC 98 press conference Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Evans (18-0-1) faces fellow undefeated fighter Lyoto Machida (14-0) at UFC 98 on Saturday night.

News of Quinton Rampage Jackson's sudden retirement from the UFC left light heavyweight Rashad Evans without an opponent to look forward to in the near future.

Apparently that problem has been resolved.

The former UFC champion has verbally agreed to face Thiago Sivla at UFC 108 in January, according to

The news doesn't come as a huge surprise, as rumors of the two exchanging glances circled the fight world after Silva knocked out Keith Jardine in Portland, Ore. in August.

"Thiago Silva is a good fighter; I'd like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me," Evans told AOL FanHouse following that night. "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."

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