Quick Hits: Evans vs. Silva Possible, Sylvia Withdraws from DREAM Debut & More


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]

— Akitoshi Tamura has apparently been forced out of his WEC 43 bout against Damacio Page after suffering a rib injury during training. World Extreme Cagefighting has yet to comment on Tamura’s status for the event. A replacement opponent for Page is currently not rumored. [MMA Mania]

— In a ironic twist, a female bout between Kim Couture and Kerry Vera is reportedly in the works for a proposed Strikeforce event on November 20. Kim’s former husband, Randy —Couture and Kerry’s current beau, Brandon Vera, are slated to meet in the main event of UFC 105, which takes place one week prior in Manchester, England. [Sherdog.com]

— Longtime PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva has announced plans for a new reality show based on recruiting fighters for his Las Vegas fight team. Tryouts will begin on November 14. A total of 10 fighters will be selected to participate. The show will reportedly be aired on a network, local or national, to be announced in the near future [Wand Fight Team]

— A feature film based on UFC veteran Lee Murray’s $85 million robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, England three years ago is set to be directed by Darren Aronofsky, who has been behind such films as “Requiem for a Dream” and “The Wrestler”. [Variety.com]

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