Rashad Evans. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— Rashad Evans says that a light heavyweight clash against fellow contender Thiago Silva could be possible for a UFC event in December or early next year. “Thiago Silva is a good fighter, I’d like to fight him and I think he wants to fight me,” Evans said. “When I saw him after he fought Keith Jardine, he kind of gave me a nasty look that I interpreted like he wanted to take me on, and I’d like that.” [MMA FanHouse]
— Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia has been forced to withdraw from a scheduled debut with Japan-based DREAM after suffering a broken hand during his first-round TKO of Jason Riley at Adrenaline MMA IV last weekend. According to Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, the Miletich Fighting Systems product will now attempt to land a spot on the DREAM and K-1 co-promoted “Dynamite!!” show on New Year’s Eve. [Sherdog.com]
Wilson Gouveia. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
— A middleweight bout between Wilson Gouveia and Alan Belcher is reportedly likely to take place at UFC 107, which is currently scheduled for Memphis, Tennessee on December 12. Both fighters have apparently verbally agreed to the bout. Gouveia has not fought since being brutally stopped with strikes by Nate Marquardt at UFC 95 while Belcher is coming off of a razor-close split decision loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama. [MMA Weekly]
— Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC light heavyweight contender Brandon Vera, has reportedly agreed to a four-fight deal with Strikeforce and will debut with the promotion in November. An opponent for Vera has not yet been found. Vera was victorious in her pro MMA debut at Bellator VI in May, earning a unanimous decision win over Leslie Smith. [Sherdog.com]
From Bellator’s latest event on Friday night, here’s one of the best fights of this past weekend as Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC light heavyweight Brandon Vera, makes her professional MMA debut against fellow rookie Leslie Smith. The first round of the fight is above and the remainder is after the jump.