As if there wasn't already enough heat, now there's more. While some fans have expressed dismay at the idea Thiago Silva may be removed from UFC 130's card, it appears there is unfinished business. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer reports the two were in a night club together over the weekend and when they ran into each other, problems arose. To wit:
The real main event for UFC 130 may end up being a rematch with Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans. Jackson is currently scheduled to face Thiago Silva, and as of a few hours ago, that was still scheduled, although those in Silva's camp admitted they had a bad feeling about it. The Nevada State Athletic commission a few hours ago listed 14 fighters from the 1/1 show whose urine tests came back clean. They also said there is one test pending. By process of elimination, given that every other name tested but Silva was listed as clean, that would say his is pending. Evans is apparently being looked at for the sport in what would be a grudge match. Jackson and Evans were at a night club in Las Vegas over the weekend and Jackson slapped Evans, who slapped him back before the situation was broken up.
Promoting a fight often results in a serious descent into idiocy. Or it results into nothingness. The hype for Michael Bisping vs. Wanderlei Silva was a moment where both fighters professed to hate one another and yet, when pressed for a reason were reduced to "I don't know, I just do". In this instance, however, the dispute between Evans and Jackson appears to still carry real heat. To be cliche about it, there is unfinished business between the two. If the UFC does have to go the route of putting this rematch on, I suspect the promotion won't be as labored as some fans fear.