The hits keep on coming for Thiago Silva. This morning there was no issue with his fight against Rampage Jackson. Now there's all sorts of problems. It's hard to get a straight answer on what the screening of his urine sample that was taken at UFC 125 actually entails, but we've got another update:
The NSAC tested both Edgar and Maynard, as well as Chris Leben, Brian Stann, Brandon Vera, Phil Baroni, Brad Tavares, Jeremy Stephens, Dustin Poirier, Diego Nunes, Daniel Roberts, Jacon Volkmann, Dong Hyun Kim and Clay Guida. Those test results were all declared negative.
As MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today, Kizer confirmed that main-card winner Thiago Silva also submitted a pre-fight drug screen at UFC 125, which indicates the outstanding drug test likely belongs to the Brazilian slugger. However, Kizer was unable to confirm that Silva's specimen was the sample that was "still processing," or what that status might indicate.
I cannot think of who else it could be. So, for the moment, let's assume that it's Silva. If we take that as a given, it only makes sense the UFC would immediately jump into action to get potential replacements to fill in. Given the timeline of his injury (6 to 8 weeks of rest) and the timing of the card (late May) as well as the heat of their previous match-up, a second fight between Rashad Evans and Quinton Jackson is one of the more plausible alternatives.