Just a week out from UFC 170, the co-main event between Rashad Evans and Daniel Cormier was scratched from the card due to a leg injury sustained by Evans.
The news was announced last night just a few short hours after Evans had not only participated on the UFC 170 conference call, but also appeared on last night’s UFC Tonight program to discuss his upcoming matchup with fellow FOX Sports broadcaster Daniel Cormier.
With the late timing of the injury, Cormier was not given a new opponent and was instead pulled from the card all together. Cormier hopped on to Twitter to campaign for a new opponent but the stars simply did not align.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 13, 2014
Rather than selecting new opponents for each fighter, the UFC has reportedly gone ahead and re-scheduled the bout for April 26th at UFC 172. The rehab time for Evans was set for just four weeks before he can return to training and while the cancellation was disappointing, it will be better to see Evans fight at 100%.
It will likely serve as the co-main event creating a light heavyweight triple header which includes a bout between Phil Davis and Anthony Johnson, as well as a main event the features a light heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.
The news was tweeted out by Joe Ferraro (@ShowdownJoe), the host of SportsNet’s UFC Central:
While Chael did step up to take on DC, the Evans vs Cormier bout has been moved to UFC 172: Jones vs Teixeira, Apr 26th, in Baltimore.
— Joe Ferraro (@ShowdownJoe) February 13, 2014
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