Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans managed to survive some extremely shaky moments in the final minutes of his UFC 108 showdown with Thiago Silva to edge out the dangerous Brazilian via unanimous decision in a scrap that looked more like a wrestling clinic for the bulk of the contest.
The two faced off in the headlining bout of the event that took place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Evans controlled the duration of rounds one and two, getting back to his wrestling roots and taking Silva down at will. It was midway through the third round that Silva manged to clip Evans with a big right hand to the chin that had the Greg Jackson trained fighter doing the chicken dance. Unfortunately for Thiago, the American Top Team trained knockout artist couldn’t seem to seal the deal due to what appeared to be a shortage of wind that was likely due to Evans’ tenacious takedowns, and takedown attempts throughout the bout.
When it was all said and done it was “Sugar” Rashad who was awarded with the unanimous decision with scores of 29-28 on all three scorecards.
Evans made his intentions to face off with fellow TUF 10 coach Quinton “Rampage” Jackson now that the former UFC champ has come out of his brief retirement stint. While no date for the match-up between the two has been set at this time, a showdown between the prime time rivals seems to be an inevitability.