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Realistically, if it's the fight that Evans, Silva and the UFC have wanted, it's the fight that's going to happen. And it sure seems like everyone involved wants it. Records and recent history seem to mean less than ever in the UFC title ranks, so making Evans-Silva now is as viable as ever.
So put Evans in there against the Brazilian and see how he stacks up. There's little question that, aside from his recent slide and the act of actually making the weight, Suga has the pedigree to warrant a shot at the best man to ever enter the cage.
He's a bad matchup for Silva, and the type of big name that will sell pay-per-views and put money in the champ's pocket. Those things appeal to everyone involved in booking it, so it's probably still a likely option even with Evans' UFC 156 setback.