An initial prognosis of a about a month for former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has been bumped up to 6 months. Evans was injured during training for his co-main event fight with Daniel Cormier and was forced to withdraw from the bout just over a week out.
The news comes after a checkup by his doctors who determined that Evans (21-3-1) would need corrective surgery for the injury. A statement was released by the Blackzilians, “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.”
Hopefully 6 months is worst-case scenario for Evans who is no stranger to missing big fights on account of an injury. The most famous is a lost UFC 128 title shot against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua. Evans was forced to pullout opening the door for teammate Jon Jones. This fight doesn’t hold nearly the same eminence, but a potential win over the highly-touted Cormier (13-0) would have been a jump in the right direction.
The 34-year-old Evans released a statement through the Blackzilian website: “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!”
Now, promotional newcomer (and apparent Cormier rival) Patrick Cummins will make his debut on the biggest stage of his career against a man who is not only considered the biggest threat to Jones’ title, but is also out to put Cummins away in emphatic fashion after they exchanged harsh words since the announcement of the bout.
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