Rashad Evans Injured And Out of UFC 170

UFC 170 is set to take place on February 22nd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the night’s festivities being headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight, that pits champion Ronda Rousey against number four ranked contender Sara McMann.

Sitting in the co-main slot is, or rather was, an important light-heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier, with the fight marking Cormier’s first match and appearance in the 205 pound division.

However and as fans are finding out tonight, Rashad Evans will be a scratch for the 170 card.

As made official by the UFC this evening, ‘Suga’ has injured his knee and will apparently require four weeks of rehabilitation. As such, his fight with Cormier is to be re-booked for a later date.

The UFC’s release reads as follows:

“A leg injury has forced former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans out of his UFC 170 co-main event bout with Daniel Cormier on February 22 in Las Vegas. With the event date rapidly approaching, there will be no replacement fight, and the card — headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight championship match between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann — will continue with 10 bouts.”

As Evans vs. Cormier is now a scratch, it means that the Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia fight will be now be elevated to the co-main slot.

The upside of this unfortunate news is that Evans hasn’t sustained a significant injury. Resultantly, it means the fight won’t be postponed indefinitely and could go off as early as April. If this is the case, then the logical choice of cards to re-book Evans / Cormier for would be the UFC Fight Night 39 card on April 11th in Abu Dhabi.

As it stands now, the card is headlined by a match between Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and has no other fights assigned to it. As there’s not a great deal of fan excitement regarding the Nelson / Nogueira fight, the addition of Evans / Cormier to the event would help bolster a sort that doesn’t have a great top-of-the-card fight.

If not the UFN 39 card, the brand could well place Evans / Cormier on the May 24th UFC 173 card in Las Vegas. The card is currently headlined by the Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort fight, as well as having the Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva fight, but other than that there are no other fights currently assigned to the card.

As a final note and as per usual, Chael Sonnen offered to step in on short notice and fight Cormier, in Evan’s place. However and as he’s already booked to fight Silva on May 24th he’s not apt to be given the fight. That said, Sonnen once again proves he’s a trooper. 



18 Comments

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    grandslam

    February 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Can Jon Jones save the day for us please???

    I think not.

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    big dunfey

    February 12, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    This blows. Was really looking forward to the fight. Sonnen has some balls. He's not scared of anyone. But with that said. DC would be he's ass in round 1.

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    big dunfey

    February 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Beat*

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    Ivy

    February 12, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Noooo!! This was slated to be one of the best fights this year.

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    DanaBlack

    February 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Ok. Let him smash Chael's face in, that will do well to ease the dissapointment.

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    highkick12

    February 12, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    If this was Jones or someone that people love to hate on everything in here would be about him ducking the fight with a fake injury,

    Guess Rashad has lots of fans…?

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    akieyugames

    February 12, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Chael has no fear whatsoever, that being said, DC gonna finish him easy in the 2nd, just hope some of the top LHW fighters has Chael's enthusiasm in stepping up.

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    soiWANNABEafighter

    February 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Good Lord I just imagined Chael guillotining Cornier like Shogun. Oh what a blast that would be.:)

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    grandslam

    February 13, 2014 at 1:20 am

    As much as I 'dis'like Chael, the man has some heart. Cant help but respect the fighter in Chael.

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    ChuteBoxeHero

    February 13, 2014 at 3:14 am

    LMAO!!!! Chael you the man!

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    clownshoes

    February 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Whenever Ronda is on a card they have always stacked it with at least one other big fight. Personally, during her first fight, I watched because of Lyoto vs Henderson. Now that this fight fell through, I'll be very interested to see if she still brings a lot of ppv's… I don't think that she will.

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      TheXperience

      February 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

      She's a huge draw, they'll sell plenty

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        clownshoes

        February 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

        We'll have to wait and see if that's the fact of the matter. I think I made a good case why her numbers have been artificially high. The Liz Carmouche fight was the first women's UFC fight ever and had a very highly anticipated co-main event in Lyoto vs Henderson… even Dana acknowledged that the co-main event overshadowed the main event. Her second fight was Anderson vs Weidman II. How many people do you think bought that card because Ronda Rousey was on it?

        Her next fight is not the first women's fight in history and does not have another super important fight to augment the card. I think we will see that the PPV sales are not going to do well at all. This is just a hypothesis, and we'll have to wait for the experience.

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