(Left to right): UFC light heavyweights Rashad Evans, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and Thiago Silva

MMAWeekly just dropped a news bomb indicating that Thiago Silva, scheduled to face Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 130 on May 28, had to withdraw from the fight, and that Rashad Evans, who just pulled out of the UFC 128 main event with a knee injury, would be his replacement.

But before you get too confused or excited, Tatame spoke with Silva, who said he’s healthy and getting ready to fight Rampage.

Silva is coming off of a dominant decision win over Brandon Vera on Jan. 1 at UFC 125, while Rampage picked up a big victory over fellow former titlist Lyoto Machida at UFC 123.

As for Rashad, he had been set to face current light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the UFC 128 main event, but a knee injury forced him out of the fight. His teammate, Jon Jones, will step in on short notice, fresh off of a strong showing in submitting Ryan Bader.

Of course, Rashad and Rampage have plenty of history, trading oodles of trash talk as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Season 10. After Rampage’s semi-retirement, the two fought at UFC 114, with Evans picking up the decision nod.

So is Rashad’s knee injury moderate enough that he could be ready for a fight in May when he had to withdraw from a bout set to go down two months earlier? And if Thiago Silva isn’t fighting Jackson, someone needs to let him know.

UPDATED (2:36 p.m. Eastern)

Fighters Only spoke with some of Jackson’s representatives at The Wolf’s Lair and they are also unaware of any changes to the plans for the Rampage vs. Silva fight.

UPDATED (3:20 p.m. Eastern)

Now MMAJunkie.com has some anonymous sources confirming that Silva’s status for the UFC 130 bout is in doubt, despite his own comments to the contrary, and that “preliminary discussions” have taken place to see about having Rashad Evans fill in against Rampage.

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