UFC 170 has lost yet another bout, but this one is far and away the biggest blow to the card.
Just hours after Rashad Evans appeared on the UFC 170 media call, the UFC announced that he had suffered a leg injury and would be pulled from his co-main event bout with Daniel Cormier.
According to Yahoo! Sports Kevin Iole, Evans will only require one month of rehabilitation before returning to the gym.
Due to the close proximity to the date of the event, the UFC will not seek out a replacement opponent for Cormier. The card will continue with just ten bouts and feature a co-main event between welterweights Rory MacDonald and Demian Maia. The UFC has yet to announce which fight from the preliminary card will replace Evans versus Cormier on the main card.
Evans was looking to put together his first three fight winning streak since 2012 against his UFC Tonight broadcast partner and long time friend Cormier. Cormier was to make his light-heavyweight debut against Evans after going undefeated over the first four years of his MMA career at heavyweight.
A distraught Cormier tweeted the following after hearing the news of Evans’ withdraw:
I’m so sad, but I wanna fight. I’ve trained so hard. @sonnench, @Anthony_Rumble, anybody Maybe a heavyweight. Anyone please! @danawhite
Shortly after sending out the tweet, Chael Sonnen, who is currently filming the Ultimate Fighter Brazil, tweeted Cormier the following response:
I accept. See you in LV.
The potential bout between Cormier and Sonnen does not make much sense rankings wise, but the current state of UFC 170 may cause the UFC to reconsider their stance of not looking for a replacement fight. Sonnen is one of the UFC’s most popular fighters and would be a guaranteed boost for a pay-per-view that lacks star power outside of the main event.
UFC 170 takes place February 22nd from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card is headlined by a Woman’s Bantamweight title bout between reigning champion Ronda Rousey and undefeated challenger Sarah McMann.
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