Earlier today it was reported that the UFC light heavyweight bout between Thiago Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was in jeopardy due to an injury suffered in training by Silva. That report has since been identified as false, though Silva’s management has revealed that there may be a snag which could prevent Silva’s participation in the fight.
Speaking with MMAFighting.com today, Silva’s manager revealed that the Brazilian bruiser’s drug test from his last appearance–at UFC 125 last month–has not yet been cleared by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“All we know is that it’s still processing. We haven’t gotten any positive. We haven’t gotten any negative,” he said. “At this point we have no reason to expect that it’s going to be anything but a negative result – negative meaning Thiago’s clear.”
MMAFighting.com learned that of the fifteen fighters tested at UFC 125, Silva’s results are the only ones currently left uncleared.
As it often does in the wake of news such as this, rumors abounded this afternoon concerning Silva’s replacement in the fight and Jackson’s rival, Rashad Evans, was named as a possible replacement. Evans’ manager Malki Kawa told MMAFighting.com that his client has not been offered a bout against Jackson.
If Silva is cleared, he and Jackson will meet at UFC 130 late this May.