Thiago Silva has been forced out of his May 28th matchup with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130. This is due to a drug test from his victory over Brandon Vera that has not completed its processing at this point.
Fifteen fighters were tested before UFC 125 in January and his test is the only one that has not been cleared at this point. For a test to be cleared, it must past all screenings against illegal substances. A timetable for a solid answer has not been set by the Nevada State Athletic Commission so MMA insiders believe Silva was pulled off the card just in case if a suspension is ruled.
MMA Fighting.com reported that Silva’s management team is stating that they have not been informed of their fighter being removed from the card.
A replacement for the fight has yet to be announced although speculation that Rashad Evans may take the role has started. As of Wednesday, the offer has not been made, according to Evan’s management team. Evans and Jackson had a year long feud that resulted in a unanimous decision victory by Rashad Evans in May of 2010.
Another potential replacement could be Forrest Griffin who defeated Jackson by a controversial split decision in 2008 for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Griffin was last seen at UFC 126 when he defeated Rich Franklin by unanimous decision.
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