Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, was expected to face Daniel Cormier in the co-main event bout at UFC 170 two weeks ago. Unfortunately, Evans was injured in training and was forced to pull out of the fight only 10 days prior to the bout.
Yesterday, Evans went on the MMAHour with Ariel Helwani, revealing that he has a torn ACL and explaining the incident in which the injury occurred (Courtesy of MMAFighting):
[The knee injury] was the last practice of the camp, Towards the end of practice, I was doing a wall drill, where guys are trying to hold me against the wall, and we were wrestled up and [training partner Cezar Mutante] slipped out of position and he ended up landing on my knee at a certain angle. I landed on it wrong and I messed my knee up pretty bad, and at that point that was before the conference call.
I didn’t think it was that serious actually, I got up and walked out of practice and was able to walk, and I was like it’s just a little sore. I was like, maybe I’ll get some anti-inflammatory, rub it down and it’ll be alright. As the day went on it just got way more unstable and it swelled up, and I was just like, man, this is more [serious] than ever before.
The knee injury was unfortunately a badly torn ACL that will keep him sidelined for six to eight months while he rehabs. Evans said that he already had surgery to fix the ACL, and is now on his road to recovery. If the rehab goes as planned, Rashad could be back in the cage this fall. By that time, the Light Heavyweight division will likely have a completely different landscape, so it will be interesting to see where Rashad goes from here.