The Upcoming UFC 108 on Jan. 2nd has proven to be a nightmare for match-maker Joe Silva and Dana White since the card been riddled with numerous injuries. The internet rumor mill continues the trend with the latest speculation that Thiago Silva, who is set to headline against Rashad “Suga” Evans, has sprained his ankle during training but was allured into staying on the card for a higher fight purse. It has been reported by Sherdog that Silva’s camp, American Top Team, has denied all rumors regarding any kind of injury.
“I was completely surprised by it,” said Silva through his translator. “I don’t know how this came out. This completely (makes) no sense. This is one of the stories that came out of nowhere. There was nothing wrong with me. I’m completely healthy. I’m ready to fight. We can’t understand how this thing came up.”
The devastating Brazilian striker is coming off a recent knock-out victory of Evan’s teammate, Keith Jardine. Overwhelming Jardine in the first round has put Silva (14-1) back on track after suffering a knock-out loss back at UFC 94 by the hands of the only man who has smeared his and Evan’s previously undefeated records, current light-heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida.
Evans (13-1), a Greg Jackson faithful, shares his opponent’s approach to all the internet rumors by not allowing them to derail his focus and purpose. When Sherdog asked for a response during a Tuesday media teleconference call Evans said, “I’m not going to put in my mind that, ‘Oh, he’s hurt, so I’m going to go after him. I’m just happy that he is healthy and that we are going to fight. Unless I get a call from Dana (White) or Joe Silva, I try not to pay attention to what’s happening and they didn’t call me, so I was like, ‘Alright, everything must be just a rumor.’”
Looking past Silva is a mistake Evan’s wants to avoid all together in hopes of getting an eventual crack at fellow Ultimate Fighter coach and verbal nemesis, Rampage Jackson.
“My focus is on Thiago so much. I don’t want to overlook him, not even a little bit,” said Evans. “A lot of people wonder about Rampage, Rampage, but Rampage don’t mean nothing if I can’t beat Thiago.”