When word broke that Rashad Evans was out of his UFC 170 bout against Daniel Cormier, initial speculation was that his leg injury would simply need rehab and he would be out for up to four weeks. Originally, the UFC was going to reschedule the bout for UFC 172, but they opted to go with UFC newcomer, Patrick Cummins, to replace Rashad.
Today, we have better insight as to why the Evans/Cormier bout was not rescheduled. Unfortunately, Rashad Evans’ injury is worse than initially thought, and he will likely be out six months following surgery. The Blackzilians, Rashad Evans’ team released a statement on their website:
On February 12, former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans injured his knee during a training session leading up to UFC 170. After consulting with his doctors, Rashad will undergo surgery this week with Dr. Kvitne in Los Angeles, California. Rashad’s medical team expects him to be out of active training for 6 months.
Rashad Evans says, “I am deeply disappointed to be missing the action at UFC 170, but I am, as always, incredibly grateful for the support of my family, friends, management, the UFC, and most of all my fans during this minor setback. Thank you for your continued messages of support. I’ll be back stronger than ever!”
This is a tough pill to swallow for Evans, as he was likely a win or two away from a title shot in the thin Light Heavyweight division. We wish Rashad a quick and healthy recovery.