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Breaking news: Rampage-Rashad 2?

“Tiki’s bangin Arianny?  For real?”
“I know, WTF right?”

A funny little “six degrees of separation” thing just might be happening in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.  Remember yesterday when we discussed how Rampage turned down an offer to replace Rashad Evans against Shogun at UFC 128?  We already knew Rashad’s injury wasn’t going to keep him on the sidelines long, but I don’t think anyone expected him to hook up with another date this fast.  Rumours are flying around that Rampage’s own opponent Thiago Silva may be pulling out of their fight at UFC 130, to be replaced by none other than Rashad.

Exactly WTF is happening is kinda murky at this point.  Thiago has already told that he’s not injured and it’s still a go as far as he knows, and neither Rampage’s nor Rashad’s peeps have confirmed anything.  Yet multiple sources claim they’re hearing otherwise, and MMA Junkie threw out an interesting theory:

Of significant potential interest, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has yet to release the drug screens from the night of Silva’s most recent fight, a UFC 125 win over Brandon Vera that took place Jan. 1 in Las Vegas.

Nevada State Athletic Commision executive director Keith Kizer confirmed with that the commission is still investigating at least one sample from the event [UFC 125]. While Kizer could not confirm whether or not one of those samples belonged to Silva, the NSAC executive did confirm that Silva was among the UFC 125 fighters who submitted a pre-fight screen.

Wild speculation?  Maybe not.  Those test results are now out, and while everyone else came up clean, Silva’s name is conspicuously absent from the list.  The NSAC will only say they’re “still processing another athlete’s urine sample,” and won’t confirm it’s Silva’s lemonade that they’re savoring, but the process of elimination says it is.  Silva’s never pissed hot before as far as I know, but his back has been effed-up for a couple years now, so a positive test for painkillers wouldn’t be surprising.  Here’s hoping it turns out to be nothing, but this ain’t looking good.

You may recall that Rampage and Rashad previously met last May at UFC 114, where Rashad basically wrestled his way to a dominant but rather disappointing unanimous decision victory.  That was also the last time he fought, as he elected to sit on his ass and wait for Shogun’s knee(s) to heal, while Rampage forged ahead and squeaked out his own decision win over Lyoto Machida in November.  But don’t think these two have buried the hatchet in the meantime, cause Rashad says ” target=”_blank”>The Electric Boogaloo” turns out to be true, it’s probably a safe bet that the winner will get a shot at the winner of Shogun vs Bones.  Unless both Bones and Evans win, because Rashad has already said he would rather jump weight classes than fight his teammate… which would make the Rampage rematch kinda pointless, wouldn’t it?  (Props to glassjawsh for the reminder.)

  • G Funk

    “I go up to him to give him props on his win, you know he beat Machida, I beat Machida.”

    WTF!!??? Is Rashad in total denial?

  • Symbul

    Too bad if it’s true. I was looking forward to Rampage-Thiago. Rampage-Rashad rematch not so much.


    Waiting on the test results from the “B” sample I assume.

    For those who are not aware of or confused as to what the “B” sample is, here’s a brief breakdown:

    When a fighter is tested he only provides 1 sample (In Fightlinker terms: he only pisses one time).

    The sample cup is then sealed with tamper proof tape and shipped to the test facility. Once the sample arrives at the test facility it is opened and poured into two separate containers. One is labeled sample “A” and the other is labeled sample “B”. Sample “A” is then screened (usually for drugs of abuse and PED’s) while sample “B” is stored. If sample “A” comes back clean both samples are destroyed (flushed/poured down the drain). If sample “A” comes back positive for drugs of abuse or PED’s then sample “B” is retrieved from storage and run through a more in-depth battery of tests.

    A very strict chain of custody is maintained during this entire process and any break in the chain of custody makes the sample (no matter what the test results are) void.

  • frickshun

    Considering Silva looked like a fucking genetically engineered supersoldier in a way he never did before……I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    I can’t get the shittyness of Rampage/Rashad I out of my head. Lord knows the sequel will be the same. Rashad dominates 2 rounds with wrestling, gasses in the third, but a tired Rampage can’t finish him.

  • glassjawsh

    “Of one thing we can be reasonably sure: if “Rampage vs Rashad 2: The Electric Boogaloo” turns out to be true, it’s probably a safe bet that the winner will get a shot at the winner of Shogun vs Bones.”

    um…unless both jones and evans win, because they won’t fight each other the lhw division will most likely degenerate into a an angry black clusterfuck

  • FiveBoltMain

    Sweet baby Jesus, don’t let it be true!

  • CAP

    Way more interested in Page/Silva. Rashad can just go away and I’d be fine with it.

  • Blackula Jonez

    LHW won’t become an angry black clusterfuck unless Bones, Evans, Rampage and Davis all just sit in the top 10 and keep any new guys from getting at the belt.


    And thats totally not possible…right?

  • Predator8u

    they are a superior breed of monkey.

  • Blackula Jonez

    Your attempts at racial humor is commendable, but it seems to be missing that special component that makes the endevor worthwhile and effective (actual wit).


    Exchange notes with Frick or Phoenix and try again, you’ll nail it eventually.

  • G Funk

    Yeah that reminded me of Butters’s latest dry racial tyrade. FAIL

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I am an inferior breed of monkey.

  • frickshun

    ^^Ha!! Are those JEW horns??

    I shave mine down, Hellboy style.

  • agentsmith

    Give me your Jew gold, Frick.

  • frickshun

    ^^There’s….uhh…..NO SUCH THING!!

  • FiveBoltMain

    G you wannabe be Cuban, STFU!

  • G Funk

    ^ Racist wannabe caucasian!